Handicrafts have been a long-standing part of Cypriot culture but modern advances and mass production have put handcrafted products under threat although there is now a movement against this with crafts returning to the spotlight.
It is exactly this that five ceramists are trying to do with their exhibition Five Ceramists – Clay Creations, opening at Opus 39 Gallery on Monday. Varvara Georgiou, Vassos Demetriou, Christina Constantinou Giusti, Celia Potoudis Macpherson and Maria Mina will present new work honouring one of the island’s most ancient crafts.
“Recently there has been a revolution in the art world which has seen the explosion of the distinction between art and craft and elevated ceramics into the world of high art,” explained Maro Marangos from the gallery, adding that “in our world of commercial mass production, handmade objects have added meaning and resonance. Made of the earth, ceramic objects have an innate authenticity that other mediums lack. This exhibition by five very different artists highlights the creativity and variety that clay offers”.
Five ceramists-clay creations
Group ceramic exhibition by Varvara Georgiou, Vassos Demetriou, Christina Constantinou Giusti, Celia Potoudis Macpherson and Maria Mina. December 10-12. Opus 39 gallery, Nicosia. Mon:5pm-8pm / Tues-Fri: 10.30am-12.30pm, 5pm-8pm / Sat: 10.30am-12.30pm. Tel: 22-424983