Born in Mtarfa in January 1967, Nadya Anne Mangion studied drawing and painting from a very young age, later going on to the School of Art, Valletta where she was tutored by the late Joseph Casha for a number of years.
In 2005 Nadya attended a pottery throwing and turning course at the Institute of Art and Design Mosta under George Muscat. It was through Muscat that she was introduced to Raku pottery and firing. Muscat has been both tutor and mentor since then.
Raku is a Japanese word which may be freely interpreted as enjoyment. This type of pottery was first produced in 1580 in Japan to produce tea bowls for the tea drinking ceremonies. Raku tea bowls are never thrown on a wheel and are always handmade. This is extremely important when it comes to tea ceremonies as the spirit and personality of the potter are more intimately conveyed to and shared with the person who drinks from these bowls.
“Pots are some of the very earliest artifacts created, and the span of our cultures can be traced through bowls and vases, dishes and beakers; made, glazed and decorated with expression and vigour. These pots show the movement of clay, where markings into the surface when it was still wet reveal the hand of the potter who created them. The Raku technique allows me to create pieces which reflect the mood of the moment – organic in form, even abstract at times. The pieces are not perfect or symmetrical, making them unique,” says Mangion.
The exhibition called ‘Singularity’ will be held at Ir-Razzett tal-Markiż Mallia Tabone Triq Wied il-Għasel, Mosta and opened to the public from Thursday 19th September to Friday 4th October 2019, Mondays to Saturdays from 6.00 to 8.00 pm and Sundays from 10.00 am to 12.00 pm and 6.00 to 8.00 pm.
Private viewings by appointment may be arranged by calling tel. no: 99477252.
Entrance is free.