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Ceramics Jug


Hand-built ceramic

11cm high

Helen Martino

Helen’s ceramic sculptures embody a sense of narrative. Each piece within a series explores an element of the story through a change in scale, movement, composition or colour.

She is fascinated by body language within both the moving and still image and finds inspiration from the exaggerated and stylised movements expressed by actors in silent movies.

Having trained as a functional potter/designer it has taken Helen years to realise that sculptural works, unlike pots, do not necessarily need openings to reveal the inside. Not only is the form of the sculpture important to Helen, the chance to build texture using various layers of pattern and colour gives each piece its individual character, mood and story. She has been working with print on clay and has rediscovered traditional methods of printmaking such as lithography and lino cuts.

Helen says: “I am finding that my past, present and my future, my friends and the things that happen day to day have become sources of inspiration in themselves”.

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