“My fingerprint is on every piece that I make”. That’s how Karina Contini sums-up her handcraft, ceramic pieces that are cozily familiar in form and deeply personal at once. As we later discovered, the fingerprint is just one of the ways her pieces capture a healthy obsession with ceramics, household life and story making.
Karina didn’t start an artist. In 2009, she gave up a 15-year career as cabin crew to spend more time with her son Tommy, then recently diagnosed with autism. One day, while shopping for construction materials for a house project, Karina happened on a flyer offering pottery classes. It was the start of a pursuit that quickly developed into a a surplus of pieces that took over their home. She needed to make room for more.
“Giving them up demanded a lot of therapy” Karina told us, in a way that made the pain palpable. With work, she was able to part with them and continue developing her singular technique, and marry ceramics and her passion for family life.
Karina first shapes her tableware and pottery as simple, familiar forms—perfect vehicles for evoking household life. But then she layers in stories, working the surface through innocently shaped scales and imprints of antique lace and table linen. The result are heartfelt, cozily domestic pieces that “carry cherished memories to new homes.”
Recognition Karina’s craft is steadily growing. In Argentina, leading designers and publications regularly feature her work, and this year Instagram designated Karina as one of Argentina’s top designers.
The accolades are nice, she says, but nothing compares with the feeling of preserving family stories for generations to. come.