Helen Martino

I describe my work as ‘serious, posh and frivolous’, because for many years I was a functional potter making batches of domestic pots on a wheel.

My work changed about ten years ago when it seemed about the right time to have some non-functional fun! I started to use a hand building technique with soft and flexible sheets of high firing clay. These are freely cut, curved and sometimes twisted. The surfaces are painted with slips, underglaze pigments using brushes and paper and wax resists. Sometimes I add silver, gold or copper leaf and lustre.

I am currently exploring combinations of ceramic form; colour and text with words integrated into the decoration and often distorted beyond immediate recognition. This presents exciting opportunities to investigate surfaces.

I also make more frivolous pots as a series. These include flattened harlequin bowls, teapots, bird jugs and flat cups and saucers.