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Vassos Demetriou

Vassos Demetriou Ceramicist
Contact
Greek, English, Italian
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+357 99607563
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From nature to art

  • • Vassos has practised ceramics since he was 15
  • • He is a master of special firing techniques
  • • He enjoys teaching pottery workshops

Vassos Demetriou was born in 1954 in occupied Famagusta. After graduating from Instituto d’Arte Ceramica in Italy, he returned to Cyprus and set up his own workshop in 1982. His first objects were raku pots and vessels but he eventually became an acclaimed potter, frequently receiving awards at the Panhellenic Ceramic Exhibition: 1st prize (1990), 2nd prize (2000, 1988), 3rd prize (1986 and 2010). He has had six solo exhibitions in Cyprus and has participated in various group exhibitions in Cyprus and abroad (Italy, Egypt, Malta, Kuwait, Bulgaria, Australia). He is quite optimistic about pottery, not considering it an endangered art, judging from the pottery classes he offers to both amateur and professional enthusiasts of the craft.

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Works

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Stoneware bottle

This white stoneware bottle-shaped sculpture was hand turned on a potter’s wheel. A small gas burner was used to apply heat to the surface of the turned form, giving it its final torn texture. The sculpture was finally fired at 1200°C with a barium glaze coloured with copper oxide, giving it the final green hues.

Height 18 cm

Vassos Demetriou Ceramicist
Photo: ©Vassos Demetriou
Tall stoneware bottle

This tall green hued stoneware bottle was shaped on a potter’s wheel and given its final brittle surface texture by applying intense heat with a small gas burner before firing it. The final shaped bottle was fired at 1200°C with Zinc and barium glazes coloured with copper oxide, giving the sculpture its green hue.

Height 35 cm

Vassos Demetriou Ceramicist
Photo: ©Vassos Demetriou
Stoneware bottle

This stoneware sculpture was shaped on a potter’s wheel. The inspiration for the form came from the simple shape of a bottle. Once shaped, the sculpture was fired at 1200°C and decorated with a glaze containing copper oxide. This glaze gives a blue-green hue to the final fired sculpture.

Height 25 cm

Vassos Demetriou Ceramicist
Photo: ©Vassos Demetriou
Inner Voyage

This ceramic sculpture is made from white stoneware and terra sigillata. The finished sculpture was first fired at 1000°C and then finally smoke fired at 620°C. This final method of firing is done to give the sculpture its final shiny black surface colour.

Diameter 25 cm

Vassos Demetriou Ceramicist
Photo: ©Vassos Demetriou
Stoneware plate

This plate was hand thrown on a potter’s wheel using white chamotte stoneware. The final thrown form was then fired at 1210°C. Titanium and copper oxide were added in the zinc glaze to achieve this final colouration.

Diameter 40 cm

Vassos Demetriou Ceramicist

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