Artist Tanner Martine is a ceramicist from Kearney, MO, who just finished his BFA at Missouri Western State University this past spring. He has used art as a way to express himself ever since he was a child.
“Growing up as a shy young boy, I first became involved with art when I found comfort in viewing the world through my mother’s camera. I chose clay because of touch,” he said. “It takes me to a place of intimacy within the medium.”
The intimacy found in working the clay with his hands is key to Martine’s artistic process. He explained, “my process is rooted in thoughts about nature. I create to connect my thoughts and experiences with something tangible.” Likewise, “the mystery of discovery and the excitement of sharing ideas and speaking visually” is what inspires him to create art.
It should come as no surprise that Martine channeled childhood memories of intimacy with the mud of the earth as his inspiration for his award-winning piece, Within Reach. “Even as a child, I found comfort in discovering nature's little wonders,” he remembers. “The feeling of turning over rocks and finding little creatures like roly poly bugs living underneath was exciting and mysterious.”
As he continued to create, his thoughts turned from the past to the future.
“I was also having thoughts of the future and about the potential for life on other planets. The title Within Reach came from feeling that the simple joys in life are within our reach but are often passed over by the busy lives we live. Within Reach also comes from feeling that outer space is a much closer destination than ever before.”
As for Martine’s near future, he is off to China for a year where he will be seeking a pottery studio to continue his clay studies. He will be back in time to for a “Going Solo” Award Exhibition at the Foundry Art Centre scheduled for Spring of 2020.