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Akis Goumas

  • Silversmith
  • Athens, Greece
  • Master Artisan
Akis Goumas Silversmith
Contact
Greek, English
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+30 2102714821
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When the past lives in the present

  • • Akis became a professional jewellery maker in 1986
  • • He works with archaeologists to reuse ancient Greek metal techniques
  • • His jewellery gives new life to discarded materials

Contrary to many other jewellery makers who renew or copy prototypes of the past, Akis Goumas believes that tradition is something vivid, the sum of elements that are not obvious, but define our identity and follow us through all time periods. His main concept is to use parts of silver or other metal objects which are not used anymore and are lying redundant inside a drawer. He hammers and shapes these discarded parts into new contemporary objects, in this way retaining the memory of older generations of craftsmen.

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Works

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Offerings 3

Strips of hand shaped aluminium were hammered and woven together in order to create this final vessel form. The strips are joined together with copper rivets and the bowl is held up by legs in oak wood.

32 cm
23 cm
12 cm

Akis Goumas Silversmith
Photo: © Akis Goumas
Kelyfos 6

Thick aluminium sheets were shaped and raised by hammering metal on wooden and steel anvils. The cedar handle was joined on the 'kelyfos', the metal base, with polished copper rivets. A hammered texture was left on the interior and exterior of the shaped aluminium.

26 cm
15 cm
18 cm

Akis Goumas Silversmith
Photo: © Akis Goumas
Oinochoe 3

A thick sheet of aluminium was raised and shaped using an unusual technique, by hammering it on wooden and steel anvils. Akis used copper rivets to join the cedar handle to the base of the metal vessel.

28 cm
19 cm
25 cm

Akis Goumas Silversmith
Photo: © Akis Goumas
After life 5

In this series of objects, Akis wanted to give new life to old silverware that is no longer much used. Akis cut them into pieces, forged them on an anvil and joined them together to create a new contemporary object. The surface of these objects tells the story of the artisans who made the old pieces.

19 cm
12 cm

Akis Goumas Silversmith

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