Carina Ciscato

Carina Ciscato is a Brazilian potter from Sao Paulo who moved to the UK in September of 1999. Having studied ceramics in Europe, USA and South America, she has now been working for 10 years and in that time participated in numerous workshops and group shows. In January 2004 she set up her own studio in Camberwell in London, having spent the last three years working out of and as an assistant in the studio of Julian Stair and Edmund de Waal.

Carina’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 emphasise 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.”

 Industrial Design, Fundacao Armando Alvares Penteado, Sao Paulo, Brazil
1992-93  Apprentice - Marietta Cremer, Krefeld, Germany
1993-99  Apprentice - Lucia Ramenzoni, Sao Paulo, Brazil
2000-03  Assistant - Julian Stair, London, England

 Award of Excellence, Ceramic Art London

  COLLECT at the Saatchi Gallery with Joanna Bird Pottery, London
SOFA New York, Joanna Bird Pottery
2009  Blas and Nada, Stockholm, Sweden
The Scottish Gallery, Scotland
COLLECT at the Saatchi gallery with Joanna Bird Pottery, London
Joanna Bird Pottery, SOFA New York, USA
2008  Joanna Bird Pottery, Browse & Darby, London
Cream of the Craft at RSBA in Birmingham 
SOFA New York with Joanna Bird Pottery
CAL, Royal College of Art, London
Collect at V&A, Joanna Bird, London
2007  Speaking Volumes, Joanna Bird at Browse & Darby, London
SOFA New York, Joanna Bird, USA
Smart Gallery, Sussex
CAL, Royal College of Art, London
Collect at Victoria and Albert Museum, Joanna Bird, London
2006  Mix Winter Collection, The New Ashgate Gallery
SOFA Chicago, Joanna Bird, USA
Four Women Celebrate the Environment, Broughton Gallery
Pure Porcelain, Joanna Bird, London
CAL, Royal College of Art, London
Collect, Corman Arts, London
2005  Texture, Stephanie Hopper Gallery, London
Under Construction, Gallerytop, Derbyshire
CAL, Royal College of Art, London
The Salt Gallery, Cornwall
Functional Form Now, Galerie Besson, London
Focus, CAA, London
Collect, Craft Council, London

Public Collections
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Chatsworth House, England

Subverting Form – Amanda Fielding
Ceramic Review Issue 227 September/October 2007




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