Courtney Martin is a full time studio potter living and working in the mountains of North Carolina near Penland. She grew up just outside of New York City on Long Island. After high school Courtney went to college at the University of New Mexico. During her first year at UNM, she took a ceramics class on a whim and fell in love with clay. After graduating with a BFA in ceramics, Courtney moved to western North Carolina to work with and apprenticed for Terry Gess, Michael Kline, Cynthia Bringle, and others. While working with other potters, learning more about making pottery and the business of pottery, Courtney continued to develop her own voice in ceramics. She has taken and assisted in classes at Penland, Arrowmont, Odyssey and Santa Fe Clay. In 2006 she stopped working for others and began making her living making pots. In 2007 Courtney was awarded the Regional Artists Project Grant towards funding to build a kiln. By August of 2007 she had completed building her wood fired cross draft climbing kiln. Since building her kiln, Courtney work has continued to grow and find audiences all over the world. In July 2010 Courtney had a solo show in Okinawa, Japan. She is represented by (among others) Freehand Gallery, Penland Gallery, and Lark and Key.