I have been waiting for this day. Last night was the opening exhibition of my HERO ceramic artist John Maltby, and it was held at my favourite local gallery owner’s home. Oh it was such a heartwarming happy time.
John Maltby is recognised worldwide as one of the finest British ceramic artists. I absolutely adore his work. Last April I went to his 5-day workshop course in Wales. It was such an inspiring opportunity in my life. Having direct teaching and insight of his work and life were a fortune of experience. At that time I knew his next show will be on near where I live, so I was longing for since. The gallery, Godfrey and Watt, had been an absolute paradise to visit. I was sad when the owner Alex told me that he was closing the gallery that gave us a joy for over 25 years but I felt there were much more happiness from him. He must have had this new idea, of doing the show like this, including the online show etc. As Alex himself an artist, I imagined his house must be full of beauty by him and others that have been collected over the years. This exhibition was the very first event since he closed the gallery.
Well, I am sure you can tell how excited I was to see John’s work, also to see how the exhibition “at home” would be like. Last night, two of these agendas fitted perfectly. John’s individual hand-built pieces were so comfortably sat within Alex’s tasteful home ambience. Maybe this is a new way of viewing arts?
To be surprised, I also bumped into a co-student from John’s workshop. She lives far far from here but drove for three hours to see John’s work. (How lovely!) I was so happy to see her again. It was like the moment that our love to this artist have got together one more time. I also met many visitors including local artists too. It was such a lovely gathering within such a lovely space and lovely art work. What can you have more?
I was given a lot of inspiration, energy, spirit and love last night. Unfortunately I could not show the image of space here, but hope you can view John’s work at Alex’s website. If you have a chance to come to the North England, I Do recommend to visit! But the show only lasts till 24th July so hurry!
P.S. John Maltby has no direct online access of his website but you can search him for more images and info.