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


Taking Shelter Together

ceramic

£225

Looking Out

ceramic

£275

Dreaming Beneath the Tree

ceramic

£290

In Love

ceramic

£120

Romance on The River

ceramic

£200

Big Hugs and Kisses Pot

ceramic

£80

Blue Kiss Pot

ceramic

£40

Song Bird Jug Vase

ceramic

£50

Dancing Bottle

ceramic

£300

The View to the Garden

ceramic

£200

The Snowdrop Vase

ceramic

£250

Happy Couple

ceramic

£120

Head To Toe Tall Couple

ceramic

£110

Bird Jugs Still Life Vase

ceramic

£275

Peaceful Dishy Lady

ceramic

£100

Starry Dishy Lady

ceramic

£85

Sometimes I Sit and Think

ceramic

£350

The Still Point at the Turning of the World

ceramic

£300

Sitting Peacefully

ceramic

£280

You Make Me Happy

ceramic

£200

Drifting Along Together

ceramic

£175

Big Kiss Pot

ceramic £80

Red Kiss Pot

ceramic

£45

Crow Jug Vase

ceramic

£45

Beloveds

ceramic

£185

Relaxed Dishy Lady

ceramic

£100

Giggly Angel

ceramic

£85

Peaceful Dishy Lady

ceramic

£75

Cuddle

ceramic

£110

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

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

Sweethearts

ceramic

Bath time

ceramic

ceramic

Peace

ceramic

Dishy Lady

ceramic

Dishy Lady ceramic

Dishy Lady

ceramic

Drifting and Dreaming Together

ceramic

£200

In the Morning

ceramic

Content Angel

ceramic

£80

Dishy Lady

ceramic

You do Make Me Laugh

ceramic

ceramic