Manos Kalamenios

MA work

Material Matters

The slips, cracks and nicks that punctuate the surface of all natural materials – even at micro level – are an intrinsic part of my practice. The tactility of a material, how it feels to touch and hold, is a key part of its overall character, informing just as much as its visual landscape; my work prioritieses this aspect of materiality. I feel that it is very important to let the material do the talking – to let it do what is best for it in the most simple way possible instead of forcing it to be something else. I aim always to be true to the material, listening to its voice and observing its personality. 

I have come to learn that the more you try to control a material the more it controls you. My practice now centres on freeing myself from the weight of being an omnipotent maker and instead allowing things to take their natural course. I see making as an exploration, something that feeds my soul. It is all about the journey and not the destination – it is the process and the making that interest me. I see myself as an alchemist, exploring the endless possibilities of materials; my practice is one of ontological enquiry. For me, ceramics is more than just soil; it is like a whole universe ready to unveil its secrets one by one.

Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Fine Art

    Programme

    MA Ceramics & Glass, 2016

  • I am driven by a force to create, innovate and experiment. I see my work pushing and challenging the perceived boundaries of creative processes, techniques and materials. I always try to use unconventional materials and tools and utilise them in an unexpected way, stretching their potential. Material is at the centre of my practice. My designs are the products of my experiments in materiality; for me clay is not a static material but a starting point – everything develops from the constant changes in mixture and method. I see myself as an alchemist, exploring material and mining new colours, shapes, and textures from the precise recalibration of formulas. It is, I think, this constant testing of material that stimulates my practice and gives my work its strength. 

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Fine Art, Liverpool John Moores University, 2012
  • Exhibitions

  • Craft Week at Sarah Griffin private residence, London, UK, 2016; In Context at Preston Fitzgerald private residence, London, UK, 2016; The Emerging and the Established, Christies, London, UK, 2016; Work in Progress MA Show Royal College of Art, London, UK, 2016; Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art, London, UK, 2015; Work in Progress MA Show Royal College of Art, London, UK, 2015; Showcase, Studio 42, Isle of Man, UK, 2014; Guild of ‘14, Gallery33 & Rijksmesuem, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2014; BA Final Show, Sayle Gallery, Isle of Man, UK, 2012; Work in Progress BA Show, Isle of Man College, Isle of Man, UK ; Create, Sayle Gallery, Isle of Man, UK, 2011
  • Awards

  • Nobles Arts Award, Isle of Man, 2007
  • Publications

  • Good Homes Magazine, UK, March 2014; Corrine Julius, 'The Art Of Marketing', Evening Standard, 22 July 2015