About Kirke Martin & M4 Studios

Kirke throwingKirke Martin, owner of M4 Studios and a ceramic artist, creates a range of functional and sculptural ceramics that fuse traditional techniques with independent design. His work reflects inspiration from natural elements and historical forms. Kirke specializes in wood-fired ceramics, but also produces limited series that are fired in electric or gas kilns. Kirke's passion is the labor intensive wood-firing process where the raw characteristics of the clay interact with the flames and ash, creating texture and unique effects.

loading kilnA native of Nashville, Tennessee Kirke has 26 years of experience studying, teaching, and professionally producing ceramics and building kilns. He has worked in ceramics studios throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. He first discovered ceramics while still a  teenager at the Cranbrook Kingswood School in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Afterwards, Kirke received his BFA with a concentration in ceramics from the Appalachian Center for Crafts, Tennessee Technological University. Then he supplemented his education and professional formation with an apprenticeship with John Glick and by working in a studio at Micki Schloessingk’s Bridge Pottery in South Wales. He established his M4 Studios in Rock Hall, Maryland in 2002, and moved to Keedysville in 2004, and currently has a second studio at the Cub Creek Foundation at Appomattox, VA.

Kirke has built M4 Studios around 4 core principles that are reflected in the pieces that we make and how we deal with our customers and community:

Each holiday season we select a non-profit that has special meaning to us and/or the community and donate 10% of our proceeds to that organization.  Over the years some of our honored non-profits have been our local Red Cross, the Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust, Barbara Ingram School of the Arts Visual Arts Program, ALS (Lou Gherig’s Disease) Association, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Antietam National Battlefield, and the Baltimore Chesapeake Outward Bound Center, and Johns Hopkins Hospital's Neurology Department, and The Anne Arundel Breast Center, and the Fisher House Foundation. Please help us support this important organization by purchasing M4 Studios pottery in person or online this season!

Thank You!



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