A collection of ceramic pieces inspired by the tones, tactility and feelings found along the coastline
Sam Marks is a maker and second generation potter based in Falmouth, Cornwall, specialising in wheel thrown ceramics.
In 2019 he left London and moved into Cornwall’s rugged and exquisite landscape. It provides daily inspiration for new works, which draw on its tones, textures and energy. The natural materials imbue the works with a sense of history, as many are mixed with hand-dug, wild clays found along coastal walks. The desire to translate natures humble beauty is fundamental to Sam’s practice. The use of glaze is minimal allowing the clays texture and natural quality be revealed and revered. Tactility is in many ways, the focus of the pieces; the feeling of holding a pebble warmed by the days sun, the sense of connecting to nature through all the senses is his inspiration.
His work has a strong focus on function and form, which informs a simple aesthetic. He works with creative freedom, appreciative of traditional techniques, but not tied to them, influenced by nature and the environmental elements of the British coastline as well as the aesthetics of Korean and Japanese pottery.
While most work sits in the area of functional pottery, predominantly tableware, Sam also enjoys and revels in the freedom to create Original artworks. These are designed purely to stimulate the senses and arouse curiosity, and are often forms which challenge perceptions and the viewers understanding of traditional ceramics.