Award-winning ceramicist, Martin Miles-Moore, is donating some of the proceeds from the sale of his new book to support our work with young people.

Our Artists in Residence, Martin and Siobhan Miles-Moore, have just launched a new book featuring images of Martin’s work and are to donate £1 from the sale of each copy to us.

The book is called ‘Confluences’ and is the result of an exciting 18-month collaborative project between Martin, the artist; Siobhan, who acted as creative producer; Cumbrian poet, Geoff Cox, and photographer, Euan Adamson.

Martin is well-known for his keen interest in martial arts and Far Eastern culture – in particular the Japanese tradition of making everyday, functional objects as beautiful as they can be. As a creator of tableware for fine dining, this philosophy shines through all his work, including the many small bowls he makes which are a contemporary take on those used in Japanese tea ceremonies.

He hit on the idea of producing a book that used his own pottery to illustrate the ancient Japanese maxim: ‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder’.

‘It is the viewer’s reaction to a piece that really matters; far more so than the artist’s own perspective or intention. In the case of my own pots, it’s the feelings and connections that each of them invoke in others that should be the most interesting aspect.’

He decided to demonstrate this by inviting photographer Euan Adamson and local poet Geoff Cox to respond to a selection of his pottery, inspiration and practice, using their own artistic language. In Euan’s case, this led to a series of photographs depicting what he saw in the bowls – such as colour, texture, form and even the very earth and water needed to create them; while Geoff, as a writer, used poetry to capture his response to Martin’s craft.

‘Confluences’ was launched to coincide with an exhibition at Brantwood featuring some of Martin’s latest bowls and visitors to Brathay Hall in Ambleside can purchase copies for £16.99 at our reception. £1 of each copy sold will be donated towards our work with young people out in the community.

‘Our work with clay has many parallels to the work that Brathay does in enabling young people to find purpose and resilience. It is well-documented that creativity plays an important part in improving well-being and mental health. To quote from the book – ‘It is only when we recognise this that we become essentially human.’

‘Confluences’ can also be purchased online here.