Marita Knutsen is a ceramic artist from Melbourne. An Alumni from the VCA School of Fine Art Marita began specialising in porcelain in the 1990s and has been fascinated with the material ever since. The smooth tactility and the fired strength of the porcelain allows Marita to throw small and delicate vessels, designed to be held or cradled in the hand. Her current work focuses on the cup and the everyday moments that it is a part of. “As a ceramic artist I want to provide a tactile and visually comforting moment. I use very deliberately pretty drawings of birds and flowers to provide a nostalgic connection. Each piece is individual to give a sense of belonging and personalisation.” All of the work is hand painted with ceramic underglazes with a layering technique that Marita is currently developing.