Martin Williams

After completing graduate and post-graduate training in Stoke-on-Trent and London, I established my first studio in Swansea, South Wales, in 1978. Working initially in ceramics, I ran a successful studio pottery specialising in domestic stoneware and relief decorated commemorative ware.


During the mid 1980’s, I took time out from general production, undertook residencies, and began producing sculptural work in ceramics for exhibition. In 1988, I won my first commission for public artwork with a series of eight ceramic relief panels for a seaside monument entitled “Copper Flame”. This was a collaborative work with the Swansea based Architect, Robin Campbell.


Within a couple of years, I was working exclusively in architectural ceramics, producing sculptural reliefs in stoneware for the urban environment. I won several major commissions including a series of relief panels for a waterside site in Cardiff, and a large continuous relief work in Woolwich Arsenal Station in London. This was one of the largest ceramic relief works produced in the UK in the 20th Century. In time, it became more difficult to realise my sculptural ambitions using fired clay as a finished sculptural material, and I began to design and form sculpture in steel, bronze & stone. I have now worked extensively with these materials, designing and making sculpture for the urban environment, and for my own development.