Carina Ciscato is a Brazilian potter from Sao Paulo who moved to the UK in September of 1999. Having studied ceramics in Europe, USA and South America, she has now been working for 10 years and in that time participated in numerous workshops and group shows. In January 2004 she set up her own studio in Camberwell in London, having spent the last three years working out of and as an assistant in the studio of Julian Stair and Edmund de Waal.
Carina’s spontaneous and fluid pots are the result of thoughtful deliberation. They are carefully conceived, the subtle and delicate marks gently applied, the pots distorted and altered. This gives the feel that their loose and rhythmic forms appear spontaneously on the wheel, but far from it - each pot is totally unique with its own personality which can’t be reproduced, however it does belong to a family of pots that share similar characteristics.
The pots, she says, should be able to speak for themselves. The quiet and muted tones of white and celadon are chosen to emphasize the fluidity of the forms.
The material Carina uses – porcelain, is also critical to her work, as the delicate, fraying and torn edges are exploring the limits of the material when thrown. Marks made by the making process are intentionally left to emphasise the pots tactile qualities, and honesty. There are no secrets with her work, but mystery in plenty.
Carina wants to create objects that can stand alone, that don’t need to be used but ask to be, and want to be touched and handled, “They are perfectly imperfect.”
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