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John Maltby
Rufford Craft Centre, Nottinghamshire
April - May 2009
John Maltby exhibitions at Rufford are always eagerly awaited events and this 2009 exhibition was no exception. There were over 140 pieces exhibited in the wonderful space. A space large and generous by normal gallery standards and which can be a daunting prospect for many artists and potters. But not for John, his works always superb seem in the Rufford space to crackle with added energy. His range and creativity when confronted with 140 pieces is breath taking. Where lesser makers risk, when asked to exhibit in a single exhibition so many pieces reveal their modest repertoire, John excels, his canon is pure Englishness, the sea, landscape, angels, kings and mythical animals. There is life and light,, but there is also darkness, a raven, dark and menacing, long regarded as a bird of ill omen, figures with scull like heads. Yes there is much to see, to read and to enjoy in John Maltby's work. Just Sublime.
A view of a small section of the exhibition.
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