Merging the ancient use of clay with contemporary art

A group of students from the Malta Society of Arts attended to a private guided tour at the National Museum of Archaeology in Valletta.

This tour, which was led by Heritage Malta Senior Curator, Sharon Sultana, discussed the significance of clay throughout the Early Neolithic, Bronze Age, and Phoenician periods, when the material was used to create artefacts for ritual as well as for everyday functional use. Such ancient pottery remains which are recovered from archaeological sites divulge intriguing information about past communities. Meanwhile, with the on-going advances in technology, scientific re-analysis of museum pottery artefacts keep broadening our knowledge about our ancestors.

This collaboration between Heritage Malta and the Malta Society of Arts served as a fundamental guide for the students attending the Clay Modelling course since it provided context to the medium which they manipulate during the 12-week programme.

 

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