About Sandy
The Process

Classes & Workshops
Pueblo Pottery Class

Pueblo Potters

- Handbuilt
- Necklaces
- Peace Necklace
- Ritual Items
- Judaica
- Communion Ware
- Neti Pot
- Incense Burners
- Saggar Fired

Glaze Palette
Studio Sales



Sandy King Martin became interested in pottery in the early 60's while studying cultural anthropology and archaeology at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. After her father gave her a used kickwheel as a graduation gift, she began formal training in ceramics, attending workshops, enrolling in classes at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and watching potters work in their studios. All of these experiences inspired Sandy to consider a serious career as a studio potter.

For 12 years she made stoneware pots in the dark basement of her St. Louis home until, in 1979, she was able to convert her garage into a winterized studio with skylight. In this bright, versatile studio space, she organized many seasonal pottery sales and gave adult and children's classes.

Several years earlier she had built a large downdraft gas kiln in the yard; it fired to 2300° F beautifully for over 20 years. Fortunately, her University City neighborhood was very supportive. (The fire department was reassuringly just down the street!)

Sandy also taught in the Missouri Artist-in-Education Residency Program for ten years where she emphasized the San Ildefonso Pueblo potters: Maria Martinez and Carmelita Dunlap (click here for classes).

In 1997, after her two sons were grown, she moved to Encinitas, California, enthralled by the ocean and the sun. Her pottery studio is presently in a spacious orchid greenhouse. The natural light and plants help to create a harmonious environment for making pots, teaching classes, and having sales.

Sandy's interest in ancient and modern cultures, pottery, yoga and Zen have all combined to enhance her life and work.

Click here for a PDF of Sandy's resume.


1968 & 1985 Ceramic Program, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, IL
1962-1965 Bachelor of Arts, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
1960-1962 University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
1948-1960 Isidore Newman School, New Orleans, LA

2001-present San Dieguito Adult School, Encinitas, CA
2001- present Camp Imagine, Encinitas, CA
1991 Slide, Lecture/Demonstration: “Potter’s Spirit in the Southwest”
University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA - Crafts Center
1989-1991 Hands-On Workshop, Children’s Art Festival, Forest Park, St. Louis, MO
1986-1989 Ceramics Instructor, House of Affirmation,
Residential Therapeutic Center for Catholic Clergy & Religious, St. Louis, MO
1985 Pueblo Pottery Workshop, Feather River Crafts Alliance, Cedarburg, WI
1970-1980 Ceramics Instructor, Craft Alliance Education Center, St. Louis, MO
1977-1980 Artist-In-Residence, New City School, St. Louis, MO
1979 Faculty Sponsor, Lindenwood Four College, St. Louis, MO
1978 Clay Workshop, Blackburn College, Carlinville, IL

1985-1995 Missouri Artist-In-Education Residency Program
1994 - Royal Arts Council/Morgan County R-11 School, Versailles, MO
1989 - Raytown High School, Kansas City, MO
1988 - Parkway West High School, Ballwin, MO
1987 - Fox Elementary, Arnold, MO
1987 - McGrath Elementary, Brentwood, MO

2003-present Baker Galleries, Idyllwild, CA
2002 Nofufi, Encinitas, CA
2000-2001 EsoTerra Contemporary Arts, Coronado, CA
1998-2000 Brava, San Diego, CA
1994-1997 George E. Ohr Arts and Cultural Center, Biloxi, MS
1993-2000 Componere, St. Louis, MO
1991 Bravo Gallery, San Diego, CA
1990-1994 The Greeting Gallery, St. Louis, MO
1985-1990 Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, MO
1979-2002 Craft Alliance Gallery, St. Louis, MO
1982-1993 Jewish Community Center Association, St. Louis, MO
1985-1986 St. Louis Contemporary Craft, St. Louis, MO
1985 Studio Arts Gallery, Topeka, KS
1979-1981 Trachtenberg Gallery, Merrillville, IN
1976-1980 Alternatives Gallery, New Orleans, LA

Solo, Two and Three Person Shows
1995 “Watercolors /Pottery,” Sheldon Helfman/Sandy Martin, Missouri Athletic Club, St. Louis, MO
1985 “Pit Fired, Raku, Stoneware,” Bonsack Gallery, John Burroughs School, St. Louis, MO
1982 “Clay/Fiber,” Craft Alliance Gallery, St. Louis, MO
1978 “Clay Forms,” Blackburn College, Carlinville, IL
1977 “Pottery,” Earthwares Gallery, St. Louis, MO

Regional Shows
1993 “Design/Crafts,” Jewish Federation, St. Louis, MO
1989 “The Unique, The Unusual, The Utilitarian: Functional Clay,” Craft Alliance Gallery, St. Louis, MO
1988 Missouri Collection, Craft Alliance Education Center, St Louis, MO
“75th Annual Sculpture & Fine Crafts Exhibition,” St. Louis Artists’ Guild, St. Louis, MO, Honorable Mention
1986 “Contemporary Interpretations of Native American Art,” Craft Alliance Gallery: Friedman Gallery, St. Louis, MO
1984 Laumeier Sculpture Park Arts & Crafts Fair, St. Louis, MO
1980-2000 “Holiday Show,” Craft Alliance Gallery, St. Louis, MO
1983 Laclede’s Landing Artists’ Showcase, St. Louis, MO
Carillon Walk, Clayton, MO
1979 “Four Potters,” Myers Barn, St. Louis, MO
“Seventy-Five Years Vision and Design: University City,” St. Louis, MO
“Lights and Reflections,” Craft Alliance Gallery, St Louis, Mo
1978 “Around the Table,” Craft Alliance Gallery, St. Louis, MO
1977 “Art Happening,” Queeny Park, St. Louis, MO

Ritual Art
The Church of St. Timothy, Escondido, CA
Holy Communion Episcopal Church, St. Louis, MO
Unity Christ Church, St. Louis, MO
St. Joseph Church, Kimmswick, MO
Pius X Monastery, Pevely, MO
The Source Unlimited, (Judaica), St. Louis, MO
Temple Beth Israel, Fresno, CA
Temple Beth Shalom, Topeka, KS
Zen Center of St. Louis, MO
Vedanta Society, San Diego, CA
Clergy and devotees of various faiths

Healing Arts
Arcana Pharmacy, La Jolla, CA

Ceramic Athletic Awards/Honorary Awards
St. Louis Orienteering Club, St. Louis, MO
All American Gymnastics, St. Louis, MO
Campus YMCA-YWCA, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Plant Installations and Window Displays
Printer’s Row, Chicago, IL
Creative Greenery, Inc., St. Louis, MO
The Natural Way Health Foods, St. Louis, MO
Brandt’s Fine Foods, St. Louis, MO
Paul’s Books, St. Louis, MO
Tom Carron Designs /Contractor, St. Louis, MO

Alton, IL • Ann Arbor, MI • Atlanta, GA • Boston, MA • Boulder, CO • Chicago, IL • Dallas, TX • Denver, CO • Durham, NC
Houston, TX • Los Angeles, CA • Memphis, TN • Milwaukee, WI • New Orleans, LA • New York, NY
Philadelphia, PA • St. Louis, MO • San Diego, CA • San Francisco, CA • Santa Fe, NM • Seattle, WA
Syracuse, NY • Tampa, FL • Topeka, KS • Canada • England • Israel • Japan • Germany • Netherlands • Mexico

“Shed A Sweet Light-Menorahs,” by Barbara L. Shuman, St. L, (Channel 9 Magazine) Dec. 1991
“An Outward Journey Inward: A Potter’s Spirit in the Southwest,” by Sandy K. Martin. Amerrikua!,
Summer 1986 (edited and reprinted in St. Louis Artists’ Coalition Journal, 1987)
“Studio Potter: Sandy K. Martin,” St. Louis Home and Garden Magazine, August 1979

“Eight Inspirational Modules” Lutheran Laymen’s League, 1993
“Showcase of Talents: University City Artists,” cable television, 1985

Slide Presentation
“An Outward Journey Inward: A Potter’s Spirit in the Southwest,” Sandy King Martin
This presentation shows images of the history, traditions, and insights that Sandy has gleaned from
her special relationship with renowned potter Maria Martinez and her family of San Ildefonso Pueblo.

Garden Club of Pauma Valley, CA
St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO
Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, MO
The San Diego Museum of Man, San Diego, CA
University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA - Crafts Center
Grossmont Community College, San Diego, CA
Lindenwood College, St. Louis, MO
Florissant Valley Community College, St. Louis, MO
Mark Twain Summer Institute, St. Louis, MO
John Burroughs School, St. Louis, MO
St. Louis Artists Guild, St. Louis, MO
University City Artists’ Association, St. Louis, MO
West County Artists’ Association, St. Louis, MO
Community Potters Association, St. Louis, MO
Vedanta Society, San Diego, CA
Sunray Meditation Group, St. Louis, MO
Thompson Center, St. Louis, MO
Alpine Shop, St. Louis, MO

San Ildefonso Pueblo, Santa Fe, NM
Mexico • Guatemala • Denmark (Lisle Fellowship) • Europe • Greece • Israel

2002-present Ceramic Artists of San Diego (CASD)
1995-present The Studio Potter Network
1978-present National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA)
1975-1981 Community Potters Association for St. Louis/Southern Illinois. Co-founder, president, workshop coordinator.

Sandy King Martin has her pottery studio in Leucadia, CA where she creates high-fired reduction stoneware pottery.
There are studio sales several times a year with additional showings by appointment.
Sandy King Martin, studio potter
PO Box 555 • Cardiff, CA 92007 • (760) 942-7496 • skmpots@gmail.com

Each stoneware pot has been created for daily use.
Besides its rich and simple beauty, it reflects the very depths of the earth brought to life by fire.

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