Born in Camberwell, London, Martin began adult life as a midshipman, sailing around the Cape of Good Hope to India before 'discovering' Newlyn in 1870. He painted coastal landscapes and scenes of fishing life. He was the only artist listed as resident in Newlyn at the time of the 1871 Census, and the only one of the first-generation of Newlyn artists to be in the vicinity at the time of the 1881 Census.
Martin and his wife, Helen Amy, retained their tenancy at Castle Cliff until 1883, later moving to the Plymouth area: thus he had been painting in Newlyn for up to twelve years prior to the arrival of the main body of artists to the locality.
Two of his paintings were included in the 1889 West Cornwall Art Union Exhibition in Penzance. He exhibited at the NAG Opening Exhibition in 1895, and was described in the reviews as 'the original Newlynite' although he was, by that time, exhibiting from a London address.
The artist married a second time, after the death of his first wife, to Rosina Blake (called Rose) and with her had two children, the second of whom, Nora Kate Lympany, died in 2002, aged 99 years. Martin spent the last years of his life living at 5 Brunel Terrace in Saltash, Cornwall, beside the River Tamar.
Nicki Martin describes her ceramics as 'functional and fun to use every day'. Her work has been shown at Trelissick Gardens, and she also exhibits at Spindrift Gallery in Portscatho.
Rosanna Martin makes simply shaped, elegant porcelain pots, decorated with subtle, abstract patterns. Her work has been exhibited at Newlyn Art Gallery and the Spindrift Gallery, Portscatho.
Falmouth-born painter whose primary occupation was gardening. After WWII he took up part-time studies in art at Redruth, and produced a record of rural life in West Cornwall in images.
'...A strong sense of community, jovial and club-like pervaded the [Leach] Pottery. Practical jokes involved buckets balanced over doorways, and endless ribbing. Nick-names were freely given, Leach gaining the name Rik, Riketty or Rickety because of the shaky state of his Martinside motor-bike. Norah BRADEN, a student from the RCA, was known as Lise, Ada MASON, another student, as 'Peter'.' (Cooper)
Ada Mason emigrated to the USA in 1927 after working with Katherine PLEYDELL-BOUVERIE at her own pottery from 1925.
Mason was an artist-sculptor from Ambleside, Westmorland who signed the Glanville letter from STISA regarding local artists' concerns over insensitive development proposals in St Ives in 1898.