Helen Martino describes her work as “serious, posh and frivolous.” Originally a functional potter, making batches of domestic pots on the wheel, she has developed into making individual pieces, both figurative and vessel based..
Influenced by contemporary potters John Maltby and Gordon Baldwin, Helen uses her pottery as a means of communication and expression.
Helen uses hand building techniques, manipulating soft, flexible sheets of clay which are freely cut, curved and sometimes twisted. She plays with perspective by distorting the objects as in a stage set. By inclination she is also a painter, and views the flattened forms as a three–dimensional canvas. The surfaces are painted using slips, underglaze pigments and wax resist, occasionally adding gold, silver and copper leaf.