Carina Ciscato’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 emphasize 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”
Carina Ciscato is a Brazilian potter from Sao Paulo, who has studied ceramics in Europe, USA and South America.
1992-93 - Apprentice to Marietta Cremer in Krefeld, Germany
1993-99 - Apprentice to Lucia Ramenzoni in San Paulo, Brazil
1999 - Moved to London
2000-03 - Assistant to Julian Stair, London
2004 - Set up her own studio in Camberwell, London.
V&A Museum, London
The Devonshire collection