The Malta/Cyprus Ceramics Exhibition is a continuation of a series of exhibitions which started in May 2004. It has been held every two years, yearly alternating between Malta and Cyprus. This year it will be held in Malta.
This exhibition has been organized on the initiative of Charles Sammut and Mario Sammut. Working from their base at The Sculptor’s Lodge in Buskett, and assisted by Antoine Paul Camilleri and Sina Farrugia, the group has managed to bring together a number of their ceramist friends from Malta and Cyprus. Together with Cypriot ceramists from The Cyprus Ceramists and Potters Association headed by Vassos Demetriou and Efthymios Symeou, they will be showcasing the works of some of the best modern ceramists working on these islands.
Growing from a small exhibition organized by a group of 6 ceramists from Malta and 6 fromCyprus, the idea of such an exhibition took off with immediate success and was received enthusiastically by ceramists of both islands. This exhibition will feature approximate 81works from a total of 27 ceramists from both islands. Different ceramic media will be exhibited namely, earthenware, stoneware and raku and will highlight the dfferent techniques, styles and expressions of the individual ceramists using a common medium, clay.
With the aim of furthering dialogue and exchanging of ideas between these ceramists, the ceramists fromCyprus will be travelling to Malta for the opening of this exhibition as has been done in previous occasions, whereby the Maltese ceramists had also been present for the inauguration of the exhibitions in Cyprus.
This is the fifth exhibition being held, having previously been put up twice in Malta in 2004, at Palazzo Vilhena, Mdina and in 2008 at the Auberge d’Italie and twice in Larnaca, Cyprus in 2004 at Galleria Kypriani Gonia and in 2007 at the Municipal Gallery of Larnaca.
The success of this exhibition will further foster collaboration and exchange of cultural ideas between ceramists of these two islands with the aim of establishing the island as a location for modern ceramics.