Martha Burris – sculptor and potter – began working in acrylic and oil paint. While Martha was exposed to clay in school, she didn’t revisit the medium for many years: It wasn’t until she became restless with painting that she decided to try working with clay once again. All of Martha’s creations have texture of some kind – natural plant, lace, manipulated bumps or sharp lines. Many of her pieces also show her whimsical sense of humor and a love of supernatural beings.

“I found that when I work with clay, I am reminded that all things begin in raw, natural forms. I feel connected with nature while working with these elements.”

Martha begins a piece by remembering thoughts, emotions, ideas or forms. She then brings the picture in her head to life with her hands.

“When my work is going well, I am filled with a sense of joy, fulfillment, satisfaction and excitement that cannot be found elsewhere. When people see my work, I’d like them to feel something inside, a thought, be it good or bad, something that makes them think about what they are seeing and talk about it.”

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We are so pleased that Martha is joining us this year. Head out to Art on the Ave on September 24, 2016 to see Martha and so many other artists, musicians and more. The event takes place along E. Sprague Avenue between Madelia and Napa Streets (1700-1900 blocks of E. Sprague), Spokane, WA 99202. Exhibits will be open from noon to 6 PM with live music continuing through 9 PM.

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