Robbie Mazzaro is a ceramic artist. Born in Venezuela, she moved to Malta five years ago from Italy. She is excited about The Trail and she can’t wait to share her work with Trail visitors. During The Trail she will be showing her ‘Sea Life’ collection and working on other pieces as people pass through her pop-up open studio at the Two Buoys Art Studio and Restaurant in St Julian’s.
Robbie creates decorative pieces, wall hangings and sculptures. Her inspirations come from nature itself. She has always been fascinated by the complex and beautiful natural structures and textures found in plants, bark, seed pods, coral and shells. Nature is an unfailing source of inspiration and she loves to explore and capture it in her work. She uses a range of hand-building techniques; pinching, coils and slabs, in a variety of different kinds of clay.
“Working with clay is something magical” she explains. “It’s the feeling on my hands whilst modelling, the transformation of the material that starts to take shape, and the idea of creating something unique through which I represent myself, my thoughts and emotions. My aim is to transmit them, to balance perfection with imperfection and find the beauty in both”.
“My passion for art started at an early age. Art shops were my favourite places to be. I could get lost amongst the colours, pencils, books and other supplies. I realised that I had a natural inclination to capture the smallest of details of anything around me. Over the years I have found it essential to keep my passion alive. For many years I have worked in creative roles in the commercial sector, including graphic design, in search of my niche, but felt that something was missing. In 2012 while living in Rome, I attended a ceramics masterclass. It was then that everything clicked into place and I discovered my artistic medium, one that allows me to fully capture and express myself creatively. I left my career and dedicated myself solely to ceramics, and fell in love with the versatility of the clay”.