I’ve always been very artistic and loved creating ceramic designs. I originally trained as a printmaker, and the business started from sharing a scrapbook on Instagram of all the designs I was putting together in my home. People started asking where they could buy my designs, and I realized I could give back to the environment and create a business at the same time doing what I love most - being in the studio and bringing ceramic pieces to life, and also helping the environment. This is why I designed my travel cup range. The daily wastage of takeaway coffee cups and the impact of the environment deeply upset me. I’m not one to sit back, so the travel cup range was created and I aligned myself with One Tree Planted, a company that gives back to reforestation projects across the globe and donates a tree with every travel cup purchased through my store.

We stand against the mass-produced, mindless throwaway mentality, believing that pieces should have meaning and soul and a story to tell. My pieces connect you to nature, the past and a time where relics and folklore were commonplace. This vision is extremely important to me, as I want to see a time and place where we slow down and take note of all the beauty around us, and give back to the wonders of this planet we are all living on.

Close-up of Carys Martin Ceramics pieces

Our inspiration is drawn from the natural environment, ancient artifacts and cultures, along with the myriad of options for surface design and finish. I’m drawn to contrasts and moments in time where different cultures overlap. I grew up in a remote Cumbrian hamlet, where relics, stories and folklore were commonplace. You’ll find raw clay surfaces contrasting with a shiny, smooth glaze finish or highly decorated surfaces alongside negative space.

My approach is very simple. Everything I produce must be made ethically with the environment in mind and give back to the earth, right down to the packaging. I also ensure that my logo always features somewhere in my designs and stick with the gorgeous blue tones to ensure a cohesive brand identity.

Sustainability means everything to my business and is something that I am conscious of. Packaging especially was an internal dilemma between function and form versus reducing waste and not having packaging for the sake of it. It had to have a strong clear voice. Our packaging had to be sustainable whilst still creating a beautiful customer experience - respecting the hours that go into making each piece by presenting a magnificent sensation of art and ceramics for the soul. This is where finding noissue and la fin packaging was like fate to me.

Package wrapped up in Carys Martin Ceramics branded tissue paper

I choose noissue because of their ethics, values and focus on the environment and sustainability. The more I read about noissue, the more I knew it was a company I needed to work with. We shared the same values, and they allowed me to create the artwork for my tissue paper which was also very important to me. I now know that every piece I wrap in my handmade artwork is sent out with a little love!