Photo by Michael Chapman (2017)

William Martin

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, 1988

Based in London since 2011

British Citizen, Dual Citizenship

Education and Experience   

2015 - William and Co.

2014 - 2015

The Florence Trust Residency

2013 - 2015

       Studio Technician and teacher at Turning Earth Ceramics   

2011 - 2012

Christie’s Education (London Campus),

M. Litt. Modern and Contemporary Art Theory, accredited by University of Glasgow

2011 ‘Spier Contemporary 2010’, Cape Town City Hall

South Africa’s National Art Biennale, 1 of 100 artists selected to exhibit

2006 - 2010

University of Cape Town, Bachelor of Social Science

Anthropology, Art History and English

2006 - 2011

Apprenticeship to John Bauer, Master Potter (Cape Town)

Exhibitions and events

2018 - ‘Liam’

Site specific, narrative installation at The Smallest Gallery in Soho

62 Dean Street Soho


‘OBJECT / IMAGE’ at Velorose Gallery, Clerkenwell

‘Corrupt Blood Incident’ at South Kiosk, Peckham   

‘William @HOME’, Charterhouse Square, Clerkenwell  

‘William @HOME’, Cinnabar Wharf, Wapping  

Fromental, Chelsea Harbour Design Centre


2016 - ‘Curious Body’

2 month exhibition focusing on themes of function, dysfunction and the body

Sluice Talks at the Averard Hotel

Averard Hotel Collectors Dinner, locally found-clay crockery  


Sluice Art Fair

‘Taxonomy’ at The Florence Trust Summer Show

‘Ambiguous Objects’  at The Florence Trust Winter Open

Kiln Rooms Open Studio


‘Sketch for Community’, Lauriston Primary School, London

‘Bukkakery’ at The Florence Trust

Exhibition of 5 contemporary ceramicists with accompanying cocktail and cake program.


‘The Problem with International Relations: a collection of love letters’ at

London House. 15 contributors, 86 page publication.

‘John Bauer at London House: An exercise in curating’ at London House.

100 Porcelain tiles, 8 guest curators, 12 catalogue entries.

2008 - 2011 Cape Town, South Africa

‘Dear Christie’s’, Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA)

Solo exhibition of craft medium in preparation for Christie’s Education

‘Spier Contemporary 2010’, Cape Town City Hall

1 of 100 artists exhibited at South Africa’s National Art Biennale

Carrol Boyes Functional Art - Ceramics Commission, (New York)

‘Materiality’ at Ore Gallery                                                           

‘Swallow My Pride’ at Blank Projects (A Goethe Institute Initiative)

‘‘Sex Death Cake’ at Wessel Snyman Creatives

Fringe Arts, Kloof St Cape Town

Rose Korber Annual Exhibition – curated by Andrew Lamprecht     

‘Miniatures’ at the Association for the Visual Arts        

‘The Big Hole’ at the Kimberly Hotel – curated by Catharine Ocholla

‘Tretchicoff and Me’ at Salon 91 - curated by Andrew Lamprecht

‘Smorgasbord’ at Wessel Snyman Creative                   

‘Word Fees’ (Stellenbosh Literary Festival) – curated by Theo Klienhans

‘Friends of John Bauer’ at Bellville Art Centre

‘Design Indaba’ 2010

‘Design Indaba’ 2009

‘Regional Corobrick ceramics exhibition’ 2008, Durbanville Clay Museum

‘Regional Corobrick ceramics exhibition’ 2007, Cape Town Opera House