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Marisa Arna became known for her fine thrown porcelain soon after she moved her studio from her native Greece in 1997. Her porcelain was sold at places including the Conran Shop in the UK and overseas, the V&A shop, galleries, and at Chelsea Craft Fair and Origin.
Since 2007 she has been working exclusively as a jeweller. All Marisa's jewellery is heavily textured, either by scratching deeply the surface of the jewellery or by rolling the silver with materials such as fabric to give it a permanently-patterned surface. To show off the variety of textures, Marisa polishes the edges and all-important details in a design, then often highlights it further by the use of textured 18-carat gold, oxidation or the addition of gemstones.
Marisa likes to combine several simple geometrical patterns, which sometimes make up organic forms. These striking shapes with interesting textures, create tactile mini-sculptures, some reminiscent of her native Greece, which look just as interesting on their own as they do when they are being worn.
Marisa's work, all handmade at her studio on the East Anglian Coast, is sold in galleries all over the UK. It includes a large number of one-off pieces and several ranges which, when combined, make unique collections.
Training and Experience
1989: Apprenticeship at Swiss-Greek studio pottery in Greece: largely self-taught.
1990: Set up workshop in Patras, Greece..
1992-1997 : Moved workshop to island of Lesvos, Greece.
1998: Relocated ceramic studio to England.
2005: 3-month jewellery workshop with Richard Whitehouse
2006: Set up jewellery studio.
2007: Week-long course in Antclastic Raising with Beaulagh Chapman at London Metropolital University.
2009: Birmingham City University. Short courses in gemology, diamonds, stone setting and jewellery fine techniques.
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS (jewellery):
Cambridge Contemporary Crafts. Ongoing.
Jeweller of the Month, Artifex Gallery, Sutton Coldfield. May 2010.
Wedding Exhibition. Heart Gallery. Hebden Bridge. Feb-April 2010.
Christmas Exhibition, The Craft Centre & Design Gallery, Leeds. 2009.
Christmas Exhibition, Arteria Gallery, Lancaster. 2008
MADE, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Nov 08 - Feb 09
Christmas Crackers Millennium Galleries, Sheffield, Nov 07 to Jan 08
Firstsite at the Minories Christmas Exhibition 07
All Wrapped Up Christmas Exhibition, The Gallery, Wivenhoe, Essex.
Firstsite at the Minories, Colchester, Maker's Showcase June 07. Solo Exhibition
BCTF, Harrogate 07, 08, 09
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS (ceramics):
New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Christmas 2006
Origin, Somerset House, October 2006
Ferrers Gallery, Christmas 2005
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 2004
New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Christmas 2004
Top Drawer Spring and Autumn 2004
Chelsea Crafts Fair, Week 1, October 2003
Exposure at New Designers Part 1 July 2002, BDC Islington.
Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford March - May 2002
Beatrice Royal Contemporary Art and Craft, Eastleigh, Hants. 20 Oct. to New Year 2002
Southampton City Art Gallery Shop, 12 October 2001 to 27 January 2002.
Lynne Strover Gallery, Cambridge, 25 November - 22 December 2001
East London Design Show, November 2001
Art in Clay, Hatfield House, August, 2001
Mode, Business Design Centre, Islington, June 2001
East London Design Show, June 2001
V & A Gallery Shop, London, 2000-2001
Art in Clay, Hatfield House, August, 2000.
Artmonsky Arts, St Johns Wood, London, 14 June- 31 July, 2000.
Mode, Business Design Centre, Islington, June 2000
The New Studio Gallery, Olney, Bucks., December 1999
Piers Feetham Gallery, London, December 1999
COMMISSIONS: Marchioness of Normanby, beakers for Mulgrave Castle, Yorkshire.
Also a number of other private commissions.
SELECTED PRESS COVERAGE (jewellery)::
Essex Life Magazine, feature, May 2008
East Magazine April 2008.
Feature on work at Craftspace, East Magazine, August, 2007
Jewellery featured in Craft & Home magazine, 2007.
SELECTED PRESS COVERAGE (ceramics):
Ceramic Review, feature Sept/Oct 2007.
BBC Homes and Antiques, May 2006
Living Etc, April 2006
Country Homes & Interiors Country Artist feature October 2005
Homes & Gardens Face of the Future September 2001
Work also featured in Sunday Times Style magazine, Telegraph Magazine, Living Etc.