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The fire behind the clay

By Maria Gregoriou

Today at the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation in Nicosia the exhibition by Valentinos Charalambous Of Clay and Glaze will be opened by minister of Education and Culture Costas Kadis.

The exhibition presents the life and work of Charalambous, one of the most distinguished Cypriot ceramists. A teacher and a visual artist adhering to a special art code, he was born in 1929 in Varosa to a family of traditional throwers. He studied in London before working for 30 years in Baghdad. He now lives and creates in Limassol. Works are presented that reflect all the axes around which the artist’s work has evolved in the span of a 60-year career, from his adolescence to the present day.

Before the opening of the exhibition there will be a presentation of the book Valentinos Charalambous: Of Clay and Glaze, of Fire, Affection and Love by Marina Schiza at 6pm.

Schiza says in her book about the ceramist “Each pot has its own personality. It should never be judged by the artist’s signature. The identity of the ceramist owes to be revealed through the work itself. During the process of combining various elements for an object to grow into a work of art, the ceramist is just the middle man. He finds himself amongst the clay, the glaze and the furnace, his role being equal to the rest of the elements.

“With this thought, Valentinos signs his work…of clay and glaze, of fire, affection and love”.

Of Clay and Glaze, of Fire, Affection and Love
Solo exhibition by Valentinos Charalambous. Opens December 11 at 7pm until September 30. Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, Nicoisa. 10am-7pm. Tel: 22-128157

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