I grew up on the west coast, and as a child split time between the Pacific Northwest and the Mojave Desert. My parents ran a non-profit street ministry and then were in the Salvation Army, so I got to know a lot of people from varied walks of life.

I dropped out of college the first time I tried higher eduction on for size, and ended up joining the Marine Corps instead. I got thrown into being a helicopter mechanic, and managed not to break too many things before I got accepted to the Naval Academy. After USNA graduation in 2002, I served on the USS BLUE RIDGE based in Japan followed by service on the USS HUE CITY, where we patrolled the waters of the Middle East and off the coast of Africa.

I left the military and jumped into the world of dramatic art: a Master's Degree in Theater Arts at Portland State University followed by a MFA in Dramatic Writing at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. While in New York, I met and married the love of my life, and after a grueling few years teaching college-level humanities, English, speech, and literature courses in the "big city", we escaped to Grayson County, VA, where we now have a small homestead-style farm and pottery studio.

The first time I sat at the potter's wheel, it fit. Motion and circular rhythm, the texture of earth beneath my fingers, all a calming dance. The shapes and forms I create are, as a result, an extension of that dance with dirt. My pottery is reflective of the natural world around me, whether the earthy textures of the Mojave Desert of my childhood or the blues of the mountains outside my window today.

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Hannah Martin

Hannah Martin