How is your craft connected to Malta?
The materials used to produce our work are not found on the island and must be imported. Sometimes that can be expensive, so we have to adapt other materials that are readily available here. That leads to unique ways in which we perform our craft.
Why did you specialise in metalwork?
I didn’t like the prospect of working in an office. My studies were inevitably leading me there. At the same time, my father presented me with the unique opportunity of helping to run the foundry and learning the craft. I took the plunge and never looked back.
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Did you learn the craft from a master?
Yes, from my father, Joseph Chetcuti. He had learnt lost wax casting while he was studying sculpture in Florence, and later he set up a studio in Malta. I learned everything I know from him and by working at the foundry.
How would you define something that is "well made"?
In one word - sincere. Sincere comes from two French words ‘sans cire’, which means ‘without wax’. Traditionally, small holes in the casting were filled after patination with some coloured wax. With the advent of better casting techniques and materials, this technique was phased out, but I still sometimes use it.