Your first reaction when you see Kristin Antonsen’s work may well bean overwhelming sense of happiness. With colourful expressions and youthful shapes, Antonsen makes pottery suitable for private homes as well as hospitals; but regardless of the customer, she wants people to feel mentally boosted by her work. “The sculptures are easy to make sense of, but all have an element of surprise, which is particularly evident in the balloon series with the person holding onto a rope from the balloon,” she says. “I am happy when the works make me chuckle.”