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.


Chatty Angel

6.5 x 6.5 x 24cm

£90

Happy Angel

6 x 6 x 21cm

£85

Sweet Angel

6.5 x 6.5 x 18cm

£80

Amazed Angel

6 x 6 x 18cm

£80

Angel for a Rainy Day

7 x 7 x 29cm

£100


Pieces below are currently not in the gallery, please enquire about availability on 01223 324 222

I am

Ceramic

£250

Serene

Ceramic

£225

Picnic at twilight

Ceramic

£375

Off adventuring

Ceramic

£225

As the moon came up

Ceramic

£195

Holding hands

Ceramic

£200

Sweethearts

Ceramic

SOLD

Peaceful

Ceramic

£175

Angel of the garden

Ceramic

SOLD

Sweet angel

Ceramic

£80

Relaxing dishy lady

Ceramic

£175

Giggly dishy lady

Ceramic

£80

Mug on a leafy tablecloth

Linocut on porcelain

£150

Still life with bottle

Linocut on porcelain

£200

Mug on a spotty tablecloth

Linocut on porcelain

£150

Courage 4

Watercolour, pastel and oil pastel

Framed

£300

Courage

Ceramic

SOLD

Talking to the birds

Ceramic

£225

Enjoying the view

Ceramic

£300

Off and Away

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

 

Courage 2

Watercolour, pastel and oil pastel

Framed

£400

Flowers in the reeds

Willow and Porcelain wall piece; co-created with Nadine Anderson

£225

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

Leafy tall lady

Ceramic

£110

Hiding in the grasses

Porcelain

£200

Bottle in the window

Linocut on porcelain

£200

Courage 3

Watercolour, pastel and oil pastel

Framed

£300

Spring's blossomings

Willow and Porcelain wall piece; co-created with Nadine Anderson

£250

Big Kiss Pot

ceramic

SOLD

Courage 1

Watercolour, pastel and oil pastel

Framed

SOLD

Us

Ceramic

SOLD

Snoozey dishy lady

Ceramic

SOLD

Taking Shelter Together

ceramic

SOLD

A quiet moment

Ceramic

SOLD

Summery dishy lady

Ceramic

SOLD

Happy Summer Picnic

Ceramic

SOLD

Sometimes I Sit and Think

ceramic

SOLD

You do make me smile

Ceramic

SOLD

Happy together

Ceramic

SOLD

Red berry tall lady

Ceramic

SOLD

Beloveds

ceramic

SOLD

Cuddle

ceramic

SOLD

You Do Make Me Laugh

ceramic

SOLD