cambridge contemporary art

Helen Martino

Helen describes her pots as 'serious, posh and frivolous' because for many years she was a functional potter, making batches of domestic pots on the wheel. These more recent pots are hand built individually and each is considered separately. Helen makes ceramic sculptures which 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.

Helen is fascinated by body language within both the moving and still image. She finds inspiration, for example, in the exaggerated and stylised movements expressed by actors in silent movies - but she finds equally interesting, the way in which narrative is depicted within Mogul and Persian miniature paintings. Here, a still gesture, combined with often intricate and symbolic composition, captures a moment which tells both a past and a future story. Helen's sculptures, often intimate in size, relate to this single moment where great, or small, events in people's lives are revealed by gesture and communication. 

Helen works in Cambridge and is a founder member of Cambridge Open Studios. She finds that her past, present and future, her friends and the things that happen day to day have become sources of inspiration in themselves.

The works illustrated below are intended to give you a taste of what the gallery has to offer, please email us on info@cambridgegallery.co.uk or call us on 01223 324222 to find out which pieces are currently available. Prices range from £70 - £350


Courage 

Ceramic 

£275

Serene 

Ceramic 

£225

A quiet moment 

Ceramic 

£300

Picnic at twilight 

Ceramic

£375

Off adventuring 

Ceramic

£225

As the moon came up

Ceramic 

£195

Holding hands

Ceramic 

£200

Us

Ceramic 

£120

Sweethearts

Ceramic 

£110

You do make me smile 

Ceramic 

£120

Peaceful

Ceramic 

£175

Angel of the garden 

Ceramic

£120

Sweet angel 

Ceramic 

£80

Relaxing dishy lady

Ceramic 

£175

Giggly dishy lady 

Ceramic 

£80

Red berry tall lady 

Ceramic 

£110

Mug on a leafy tablecloth

Linocut on porcelain 

£150

Still life with bottle 

Linocut on porcelain 

£200

Courage 1

Watercolour, pastel and oil pastel

Framed

£400

Courage 4

Watercolour, pastel and oil pastel 

Framed 

£300

I am

Ceramic 

£250

Talking to the birds

Ceramic

£225

Happy Summer Picnic

Ceramic

£295

Enjoying the view

Ceramic 

£300

Off and Away 

Ceramic 

£200

Happy together

Ceramic 

£200

Shall we! 

Ceramic 

£135

Cuddle 

Ceramic 

£110

Beloveds

Ceramic 

£110

Just sitting

Ceramic 

£175 

Angel Sitting Chatting 

Ceramic 

£180

Forgetful angel 

Ceramic 

£100

Welcoming angel 

ceramic 

£75

Happy dishy lady 

Ceramic 

£100

Contented dishy lady 

Ceramic

£80

Happy in the grasses

Porcelain 

£200

Mug on a spotty tablecloth 

Linocut on porcelain 

£150

Flowers in the reeds

Wilow and Porcelain wall piece; co crested with Nadine Anderson

£225

Courage 2

Watercolour, pastel and oil pastel 

Framed

£400

She is 

Ceramic 

£250

She is waiting there

Ceramic 

£250

The lazy days or summer

Ceramic 

£325

On a jaunt together 

Ceramic 

£250

Enjoying the sun together 

Ceramic 

£195

Together at last

Ceramic 

£200

In love

Ceramic 

£125

Ooh yes!

Ceramic 

£110

You and Me. Me and You.

Ceramic 

£120

Sitting Thinking 

Ceramic

£175

Happy seated angel 

Ceramic 

£175

Thoughtful angel 

Ceramic 

£90

Summery dishy lady

Ceramic 

£185

Snoozey dishy lady 

Ceramic 

£90

Leafy tall lady 

Ceramic 

£110

Hiding in the grasses

Porcelain 

£200

Bottle in the window 

Linocut on porcelain 

£200

Spring's blossomings

Wilow and Porcelain wall piece; co crested with Nadine Anderson

£250

Courage 3 

Watercolour, pastel and oil pastel 

Framed 

£300


The Snowdrop Vase

ceramic

£250

Dreaming Beneath the Tree

ceramic

£290

Taking Shelter Together

ceramic

£225 SOLD

Dancing Bottle

ceramic

£300

Big Kiss Pot

ceramic £80

Bird Jugs Still Life Vase

ceramic

£275 

Sometimes I Sit and Think

ceramic

£350

The Still Point at the Turning of the World

ceramic

£300

Looking Out

ceramic

£275

Beloveds

ceramic

£185 SOLD

Relaxed Dishy Lady

ceramic

£100

Giggly Angel

ceramic

£85

 Angels   ceramic   £80 - £110

Angels

ceramic

£80 - £110

Peaceful Dishy Lady

ceramic

£75

Cuddle

ceramic

£110 SOLD

Peaceful Dishy Lady

ceramic

£175

Guardian Angel of the Garden

ceramic

£90

Contented Dishy Lady

ceramic

£74

 Shy Dishy Lady  ceramic  £75

Shy Dishy Lady

ceramic

£75

You Do Make Me Laugh

ceramic

£175 SOLD

Happy Dishy Lady

ceramic

£90

Startled Angel

ceramic

£80

 Shy Dishy Lady  ceramic  £75

Shy Dishy Lady

ceramic

£75

As the Sun Goes Down

ceramic

Giggling Angel

ceramic

£85

Dishy Lady

ceramic

ceramic

Peace

ceramic

Dishy Lady

ceramic

 Dishy Lady  ceramic

Dishy Lady

ceramic

In the Morning

ceramic

Content Angel

ceramic

£80

Dishy Lady

ceramic