BA (Hons) Interior and Spatial Design, UAL, Chelsea College of Art
Myrto Zirini is a ceramic artist based in Corfu, Greece since 2012. She studied interior design and architecture in London where she also worked for 3 years. In 2004 she returned to her home city of Athens and worked within architecture and design in multiple areas – urban/public spaces, architecture and interior design (with aka lab architects) down to the smaller scales of exhibitions, furniture and graphic design. She has also taught at the MA interior design course at Vakalo Art & Design College in Athens.
Myrto perceives clay and its transformation process into ceramics as a kind of creation of ‘cultural fossils’. A material body that carries – contemporary to the maker – information and shapes from one era to the following ones. When compared to most materials used for utilitarian objects clay has an amazing resilience to wear and time, despite its fragile nature. The organic/asymmetrical shaped vessels Myrto makes derive from the smoothing process of the rough stone into a pebble through the force of the wave. She thinks of each vessel as a unique chiseled pebble (or a section of) that internally has imprinted fleeting moments and colours of the greek coast.