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Welcoming art home

Artist Penny Martyn opens home art studio to public every Thursday

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Artist Penny Martyn now welcomes guests every Thursday to Garlick Mountain Tiles and Ceramics Studios at the Asymmetry House in Emerald.

The home studio is as spectacular as the artwork it showcases.

Martyn’s signature leaf ceramic tile floor welcomes art lovers even before they step into the multi-million dollar home showcasing Martyn’s limitless imagination.

Cast iron railings are ornamented with tile detailing, a bathroom wall transforms into an ocean mosaic and tea is poured into pottery mugs reflecting the home’s own secret garden with ferns baked right into the decorative mug in the kiln.

We walk from the kitchen into Martyn’s studio with her two passions, good food and tableware, are presented in new artwork packages.

On her workshop table sits a large pottery salad bowl accompanied by four individual salad bowls and a recipe for salad dressing, all wrapped into one package. Each bowl carries a healing leaf plucked from her garden, including St. John’s Wart, genko and raspberry leaf.

“They make great hostess or Christmas gifts,” says the 14-year resident.

Other gift sets are showcased, including a crab dip pot with a similarly-themed seafood platter, escargot dish set, sushi plates with dipping trays, sake bottles with matching cups, and crème brulee dishes beautiful enough to showcase the delicate dessert, but sturdy enough to withstand the blowtorch finish.

Martyn’s accompanying crème brulee recipe was inspired by her recent trip to France, only her recipe focuses on a lighter non-dairy version sourced from ingredients found in the Sea to Sky corridor.

“The dishes are sorted out, but I am still honing the recipes,” she said.

Her oyster platters with mini sauce dishes are the most stunning creations in her new series. The platters resemble oyster shells, with pearly pale pink insides ornamented with barnacles and the outsides shimmering into rough patterns of greens and blues.

Guests can now watch the Whistler Arts Council member work in her studio as well as browse her diverse showcase. Floor to ceiling shelves house Martyn’s artworks in their various stages.

Martyn’s biggest fan and host, her pooch Kejung, accompanies all tours. Martyn’s love of dogs is found everywhere in her work.

Most dog lovers are well acquainted with Martyn’s ceramic dog bowls. The water and food dishes sit on little ceramic dog feet with each bowl personalized with the user’s name. The finished bowls are bright and colourful on the shelves, while unfinished coffee table tiles with individual dog prints pressed into the clay are still grey and waiting for the kiln.

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