Tonight seven contemporary Cypriot ceramic artists will come together to showcase their works at the Technopolis 20 cultural centre in Paphos.
The seven artists, Anastasia Lambaski, Vassos Demetriou, George Georgiades, Maria Mina, Celia Potoudis Macpherson, Fotos Dimitriou and Christina Constantinou Giusti, have one thing in common: clay as their raw material. So with clay as their starting point, they each use their own inspiration to create ceramic art pieces.
Commenting on the exhibition and ceramic art at the moment, Larnaca based artist Andreas Paraskeva said “modern local ceramic art is at its peak, offering masterpieces both in terms of technique and of quality. Cyprus has the art of ceramics deeply rooted in its tradition for centuries. Therefore, it is very interesting to see the evolution of this noble art through the works of such people who love clay, giving it shape, form and colour.”
Paraskeva added that a number of local artists have won prizes for their ceramic art and that artists working with this medium collaborate very closely together. They do this by exchanging ideas and techniques so that the art world can be enriched with new ideas and creations.
He urges us to let go for a while, and lose ourselves in the presence of these artists who “conjure the mud and make art, who indicate their presence and who create culture at a time when values are disappearing. Art is the hope for future generations. Let’s not let it be lost, it is necessary for everyone.”
Lambaski graduated from a ceramics’ school in Athens and has her own ceramic studio in Athienou. She has participated in a number of exhibitions in Cyprus, Greece, Malta and Sicily.
Demetriou studied ceramic art in Italy and now works in his own studio in Larnaca. He specialises in a number of ceramic techniques such as raku, stoneware and terra sigillata.
Georgiades grew-up helping his potter father and opened his own workshop in Lemba in 1988. He has participated in six group exhibitions in Cyprus and three group exhibitions abroad.
Mina graduated from the Graphic Arts and Interior Design department of the Makarios III Technical School in Nicosia. She has participated in group exhibitions in Cyprus, Greece, Malta, Italy and also at the European Ceramic Context 2014 in Denmark.
Macpherson makes hand built sculptural vessels. Her simple forms have their roots in ancient and traditional pottery. They are slowly built up using coils of clay that are smoothed and burnished to a gentle sheen.
Dimitriou graduated from the Prague Academy of Applied Arts, specialising in porcelain. He has held solo exhibitions in Cyprus and group exhibitions in Greece, Egypt, Malta, Australia, Italy, France, Germany and Belgium.
Giusti studied art at the Academy of Fine Art in Rome. She had a studio of ceramics in London for several years before returning to Nicosia where she works and exhibits.
Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition
Group exhibition. Opens May 14 at 7.30pm until May 21. Technopolis 20 Cultural Centre, Paphos. Monday – Friday: 9.30am-6pm and Saturday: 9.30am-2pm. Tel: 70-002420