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Martina Lantin MFA'09
I find earthenware the most seductive clay body.  Using this chocolate porcelain, I create tableware to be integrated with the dishes you already use.   I seek to evoke nostalgia of the future by making pots that are reverberations of the past.  Forms are drawn from early English porcelain and cream ware while Italian Renaissance maiolica and Persian slip-ware are the building blocks of my surface treatment. 
Pottery performs dual roles of utility and decoration, simultaneously serving as containers of social and cultural information.  Ceramics persists as a chronicle of cross-border influences and the exchange of aesthetic information.   I am particularly drawn to the semiotics of objects – the message they may contain by visual inference and juxtaposition.
As a maker, I have the capacity to exploit the variables of surface, form and scale to instigate a particular experience.  I provoke a tension between the elegant handling of the material and the rugged connotations of the clay body.  The work teases the boundary between awkward and sophisticated. I play games with lines and colours. Whether home alone, or at a table laid for a feast, I want my work to promote conviviality.
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