83-85 Main Street
Bushmills, Co. Antrim
Tel. 028 2073 1324
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BIO: Magda Bethani
Magda was born and raised in Athens, one of the world’s oldest and most influential cultural and artistic cities. She worked for years in the business sector whilst studying “European Civilization” at the Greek Open University. It was 2009 when she started flirting with the creative potentials of clay. In 2012 she decided to pursue her passion for ceramics on a full-time basis when she was accepted onto the Crafts Council of Ireland’s Ceramics Skills and Design Course. She graduated in July 2014 after having successfully exhibited her work at the National Craft Gallery and the Blue Egg Gallery. Soon after, she won the Lewis Glucksman Gallery Graduate Award. Later that same year was selected to exhibit at various galleries in Ireland such as Solomon Fine Art as part of “Portfolio” programme. Her creations have been included the last 4 years in numerous group exhibitions of Ceramics Ireland and were chosen for the exhibition of RDS Crafts awards 2015.
Magda’s work is defined by an on-going exploration into new forms, surfaces and processes. The starting point is always the potter’s wheel, where she creates both functional ware and sculptural pieces. Smooth curves and gentle colours in her earlier work have now developed into strong forms with simple lines with bright bubbly glazes and expressive textures. Deep iron black clay breaks through the surfaces, contrasting with these rich colours. Her inspiration comes from many sources, ranging from natural landscape to found objects and ancient artifacts.