Cinda Manins

Ceramic Studio

Cinda’s practice is in contemporary hand built ceramics. She finds the subject of landscape an ideal vehicle for examining form and surface. Her work explores the textural variety and qualities of clay through abstract expressionist hand built pieces. It examines concepts of time and comments on the relationship between humanity and the Earth. Despite a foreboding concern about the impact of climate change and environmental degradation due to human exploitation, her work expresses optimism at the enduring strength, beauty and survival of nature.

Philosophically her work is informed by the values of Humanism and Wabi-sabi. Humanism is the practice of ethical and respectful choices, of recognising oneself as part of the greater whole of society. Humanism aims for maximum possible fulfilment through the cultivation of ethical and creative living. It offers a rational means of addressing the challenges of our times.

Wabi-sabi is the quintessential Japanese aesthetic philosophy. lt nurtures all that is authentic by acknowledging three simple realities. Nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.

She has studied a Bachelor of Fine Art (Ceramics) at Federation University, a Bachelor degree in Anthropology & Media, and a Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies. She is an Artist Representative on the Gasworks Board and a member of Clay Matters, a group of clay working activists pursuing sustainable studio practices.


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