Artist Statement

I have always enjoyed creating with my hands. The long, intricate process of making each piece of pottery is exciting: the texture and smell of the clay, the alchemy of mixing my own glazes, the firing of the piece, and the reward of seeing the finished vessel emerge from the kiln.

I am inspired by nature. Memories of childhood hikes through deep forests and lush green landscapes in Germany, the rich variety of plants in my garden in the Sierra foothills, and the ocean and sky of the Northern California coast all feed my creativity.

Early on in life I became fascinated by the interplay of light and shadow in nature as well as in architecture. I was enchanted by sunlight breaking through the forest canopy and the intricate rose windows of European churches. That dynamic interplay continues to be expressed in my work through the lacy rims and walls of vessels which play with light and shadow. 

The form and function of my ceramics are carefully designed to enrich and simplify life. Each piece with its smooth surface and continuous curve is intended to be used in multiple ways. A delicately carved bowl may be used to serve dinner, hold jewelry, or as an objet d’art atop a coffee table. This diversity of function allows each individual to create their own, distinctive use for each piece.

I feel connected to the long line of artisans who came before me -our hands touching through time and space as we work with similar materials. This thread continues with the new owners of my pieces who start their own conversations and relationships with my work. 


Upcoming Events:

Sacramento Potter's Group:Art By Fire presents Fall Show @ Shepherd Garden & Arts Center, McKinley Park, Sacramento, CA Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, 10am - 4pm





Marianne DeMartini

Auburn, California

I grew up in the northwestern region of Germany and attended the Werkkunstschule Krefeld (College of Arts and Crafts) where I received a BFA in Ceramic Design.



First Annual SPG:Art by Fire Membership Invitational Exhibit, E Street Gallery, Sacramento, CA, 2017

Visions In Clay, LH Horton Jr Gallery, San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton, 2015

Placer Arts League Open Juried Show, General Gomez ARTS and Event Center, Auburn, CA, 2015

Blooming Art Show, General Gomez ARTS and Event Center, Auburn, CA, 2015

Autumn Art Studios Tour, Placer County, CA, 2001-2016

North Auburn Art Studio Tour, Auburn, CA, 2012-2017

New Work by Marianne DeMartini, Delta Workshop, Sacramento, CA, 2013

This Art is Your Art, Arts Building Gallery, Auburn, CA, 2013

Auburn Art Walk, Auburn, CA, 2008, 2012

At the Garden, Sacramento Potters Group Show, Sacramento, CA, 2008 – 2013

Outside the Box, Arts Building Gallery, Auburn, CA, 2009 - 2010

Small Works in the Foothills, Holiday Show, Asif Gallery, Grass Valley, CA, 2009

Of the Earth, Arts Building Gallery, Auburn, CA, 2008

Ridley Gallery, Annual Holiday Sale, Sierra College, Roseville, CA, 2005-1014

Lincoln ClayFest, Lincoln, CA, 2004-2008

Annual Membership Show, Roseville Arts Center, Roseville, CA, 2004

State of the ARTS, Arts Building Gallery, Auburn, CA, 2002

Group Show, Slant Gallery, Sacramento, CA, 1984

Work by Marianne DeMartini, Sunset Oaks Framing & Gallery, Auburn, CA, 1984

Emerging Artists Show, Artists’ Collaborative Gallery, Sacramento, CA, 1984


My work can be found in collections in California, across the US, and in Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Norway, and Spain.