I studied ceramics, I have been working with clay for years and years, and I still feel the same!
What does ceramic art mean to me? So much. Full of emotions. There are moments of tension and hatred when I don’t want to touch this magical material again! And there are all the other moments, these thousands of wonderful moments when it is like an extension of myself.
The material’s violent distortion is clear in many of my art pieces, as a kind of struggle. This is my relation to the material… we always struggle together, always with love!
Christina Morali was born in Athens. She studied Interior Decoration at the Athens Technological Institute (Doxiadis School), with Dimitris and Chariklia Mytara, G.Georgiadis, and more, as teachers, 1969 – 1972, and Ceramics at Hammersmith College of Art, London 1972 – 1975. During her studies, her work was selected and placed on an exterior wall of a large building in the City of London.
With a background of important studies in England, a lively professional career and a remarkable originality of subject matter, Christina Morali belongs to a group of contemporary artists who throughout the years have given a new lease of life to Greek Ceramics.
She started her professional career in ceramics in 1975. She creates objects and figurative compositions which are inspired by an acute need to express personal experience and feelings. In order to give this expression an autonomous shape and an artistic symbolism, she experiments tirelessly with materials, techniques, forms and meanings.
She cooperates with painters and architects. She makes sculptural, functional and decorative ceramics.
Mostly works with stoneware clays, fired in 1260.
She also uses porcelain and earthenware. The techniques are hand building, slip-cast and electric wheel.
Since 1997 she is also working with cast aluminum creating ojects inspired by pop art.
She was awarded 3 times in the National Ceramic Exhibition. (1st and 2nd prize, Honoree Mention).
She has taken part in many group exhibitions in Greece and abroad.
She has made many solo exhibitions in Greece since 1977.
Founder and President for 8 years of the Union of Contemporary Ceramists in Greece.
She has had nineteen solo shows in Greece, the most important being :1997 Vourkariani, Kea.Anemos , Kifissia 2003. Skoufa , Athens 2012.Ikastikos Kiklos , Athens 2013.el.marnerigalery, Athens 2013.
She has participated in thirty group shows in Greece and abroad , the most important being :1987 National Exhibition of Fine Arts, OLP Piraeus .1988 L`Europe des Ceramistes Auxerre, France and Madrid Spain.1990 Gaia `90 ,Porto Portugal.1999 `Biennal International de Ceramica , Manises Spain. 2002 `Cultural Olympiad – 50th Anniversary of the International Academy of Ceramics ` School of Fine Arts , Athens.2003 L`Alcora ,Spain. 2005 Maison de l`Outil, Troyes ,France. 2009 `Material Link` ,Shanghai , China. 2016 `Ceramic Art Past & Present` Archeological Museum Athens. 2017 `Katharsi` Museum of the Winds ,Athens.
Distinctions .1975 Honourable Mention, Panhellenic Ceramic Exhibition. 1977 First Prize Panhellenic Ceramic Exhibition. 1978 Second Prize Panhellenic Ceramic Exh.
2006Her work for the International charity Cow Parade stood out and was released internationally in miniature.It`s procedure will be donated to charity.
Since 2010 she has created a ceramic school in her studio teaching mainly to adults.
She is a member of the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece and 3 times elected member of the Chamber`s Selection and Evaluation Committee .A foundin member of the Association of Ceramic Artists of Greece, served as president from 1980-1988