Martin Jarman grew up on the Pacific coast surrounded by nature in Victoria, BC. He first moved to New Brunswick in 2001, since then he has periodically left, but always returned. In 2014 he graduated with honours from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design with a Diploma of Fine craft in the Field of Ceramics. He spent the following year working full-time on Prince Edward Island at Island Stoneware as the studio technician. Currently he resides in Fredericton, where he is currently in a graduate program at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. Outside of the college he is a member of a small Fredericton based pottery co-op.
When creating pottery I always endeavour to make pots that possess a near perfect merging of elegant form and stunning surface. In my forms, which are all hand-thrown in porcelain, I am always looking to create a more modern and stylized interpretation of classical Greek pottery, which has always served as my primary source of inspiration. From this rich and varied selection of vessel forms I have particularly zeroed in on the amphora as a near endless source of inspiration. These sleek minimalistic forms then act as a canvas for my stunning crystalline glazes. These glazes get their distinctive look from a complicated firing process that uses the kiln to mimic the conditions that create geodes in nature. The results of this process are highly unpredictable and can range from looking like frost on a window to glimmering fish scales. With such great beauty comes a large amount of risk, when opening the kiln I never know what lies in wait, for good or bad. While many find this discouraging and frustrating, I find it drives me forward and keeps me interested .