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Ilias Christopoulos

  • Ceramicist
  • Messinia, Greece
  • Master Artisan
Ilias Christopoulos Ceramicist
Contact
Greek
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+30 6972725077
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Giving life to clay

  • • Ilias loves the serenity and calmness of the creative process
  • • His work is inspired by nature, modern dance and tradition
  • • Most of his works are created on the wheel

Ilias Christopoulos knew from the age of thirteen that he wanted to practise the art of ceramics, when he took ceramics lessons at school in Kalamata led by Iro-Myrto Magkanari and Saimon Hill. Later, Ilias also took ceramics courses in Athens before returning to his hometown where he opened his own workshop and started teaching ceramics to both children and adults at the same school where he once was a student. “Teaching ceramics is very important to me because I love to transfer my knowledge of the art of ceramics to others. Teaching children is even more interesting as you can see how purely, spontaneously and freely they are able to create without being confined by any rules or fear.”

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Works

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Vertebra

This porcelain work was created by Ilias on the wheel. Each element was individually thrown before they were eventually glued together. Ilias's main inspiration for this piece came from the human spine as a symbol of balance and grace.

Height 25 cm
Depth 25 cm
Length 40 cm

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Box

Part of the Pixides series, this earthenware container was made using the Japanese raku technique of enamelling. Pixides, meaning 'boxes' in ancient Greek, were receptacles used by women to hold their jewellery. Traditionally, they could be cylindrical, spherical, engraved or painted.

Height 17 cm
Length 32 cm

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Vessel

In order to give this wheel-thrown earthenware vase its unique colour, Ilias used a primitive kiln made of paper and clay. Direct contact with fire as well as a river stone polish prior to firing helped him create this elegant finish.

Height 18 cm
Length 14 cm

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Box

This wheel-thrown stoneware container is a reference to the pixides used by women in ancient Greece. These jewellery boxes were cylindrical or spherical and could be engraved or decorated. This piece is part of a series dedicated to these special traditional objects.

Height 16 cm
Length 12 cm

Ilias Christopoulos Ceramicist
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Box

Part of the Pixides series, this earthenware wheel-thrown container was inspired by ancient Greek jewellery boxes traditionally used by women. In order to attain this unique colour and finish, Ilias adopted the old Japanese raku technique of enamelling.

Height 15 cm
Length 17 cm

Ilias Christopoulos Ceramicist

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