Zeber-Martell Gallery & Clay Studio
43 Furnace Street in Akron's Northside District, Akron, OH 44308
Voted Akron’s Number 1 gallery for 2016 by Akron Life magazine, this shopping destination sells inspired lamps, tables, wall art, and accent pieces by collaborating owners Claudia Zeber-Martell and Michael Martell, plus 15 artists specializing in metal, wood, glass, clay, and jewelry. About half of the items here are made by the collaborative owners. Michael’s wheel-thrown earthenware creations are graceful pieces with contemporary forms. Claudia, as the painter, provides the surface decoration, with images combining forms, colors, and dimensions found in nature—from the organic and geometric to the whimsical. The results are breathtaking. Says Michael: “We are always talking about form, color and design and how those elements work together for each piece.”
Open Monday 11-6, Tuesday-Saturday 11-8
Claudia Zeber-Martell began as a painter, and surface decoration is a dominant element in her work, with images balanced between internal visualization and external stimuli. "My focus often combines forms, colors and dimensions found in nature, from the organic and geometric to the whimsical, and I concentrate on developing positive images that enrich the environment and create harmony.
Michael Martell's pottery has evolved over two decades from traditional salt-glazed and wood-fired stoneware to expressive graceful pieces with contemporary form. "Form is so much a part of our everyday lives, and I've been fortunate to explore it through clay; the slightest movement of the hands creates subtle changes in the shape of the pot. That is constantly amazing to me."
Collaboration can be an enriching process for two artists, and by challenging each other a balance is achieved, and the contribution of each person's particular skills has here resulted in a product that surpasses what each could achieve alone. "We enjoy the daily overlapping of our personal and professional lives, and we believe it enhances our individual creativity."