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“Heritage Link” Ceramic Art Exhibition

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An initiative of the Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa in Attard is the Orange Grove Art Cafe,  an Exhibition space in the elegant lobby of the hotel , showing works of both local and foreign guest artists.  Artist, Ray Piscopo is coordinating and curating the exhibitions at this lovely, elegant venue.

The current artist exhibiting his works is local ceramist Godfrey Xuereb, who is the seventh guest artist at the Orange Grove Art Cafe.  I had the opportunity of viewing the beautiful ceramics and talking to the artist himself at the inauguration of the Exhibition.

 

IT:  Godfrey, when did you start creating these beautiful ceramics?

GX: Well, I had a busy career for 36 years in education and when I reached retirement age, which was 17 years ago,  I said to myself “What am I going to do with myself?; so I decided to take a ceramics & pottery course three times a week and I never looked back.

IT : Why did you decide to take a course in ceramics?

GX:  Perhaps the artist was always there inside me, and coming into contact with and watching many talented art teachers over the years inspired me to study art.  Over a period of 3 years, which was the duration of the course, I slowly started buying my own equipment, in order not to be reliant on other people and also to better control the quality of the work.  Slowly, I started to invest in my new passion.

IT:  When did you start exhibiting and selling our work?

GX:  My first exhibition was in 2002 in Vittoriosa and since then I have held an Exhibition every few years.

IT:  What inspires you to create a specific ceramic piece?

GX:  I am inspired and totally in awe of the Maltese heritage; and I love to travel to countries with beautiful architecture such as Italy and Spain;  I also love seascapes; I keep a notepad and pen next to my bed and when I get an idea for a new ceramic I quickly jot it down and develop the idea from there.

IT:  It is fascinating how all of the artworks exhibited here are very individual and unique; also very different in style.  Do you use different techniques?

GX: Yes absolutely, and I also use different glazes.  I have a computerised kiln which raises the temperature in stages.  I also use a spray gun rather than a brush, the glazes blend into one another very nicely, so the result is a fusion of colours.  I also use copper oxide; which is a chemical powder which is blended with water as well as crystal glazes; all imported from Stoke-on-Trent in the UK, which is the world capital of the pottery industry.

 

IT:  Do you take commissions?

GX:  Yes, I do; I have customers who own several pieces of my work, both in Malta and from overseas.  My foreign customers tell me that the pieces always remind them of Malta.

Godfrey’s retirement has opened a new chapter in his life, and there seems no stopping him from continuing his passion for many years to come.

“Heritage Link” Ceramic Art Exhibiton is showing at Corinthia Palace Hotel, Attard until the 25 June.
Exhibition Curator:  George Glanville
Hotel Art Co-Ordinator : Ray Piscopo

2 Comments

  1. Mart says:

    Well Done Corinthia Palace!

  2. Danno says:

    Nice to hear people being inspired by our beautiful heritage

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