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Despina Pantazopoulou

  • Jewellery maker
  • Athens, Greece
  • Master Artisan
Despina Pantazopoulou Jewellery maker
Greek, English
By appointment only
+30 6977147521
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Going beyond tradition

  • • Despina uses well known techniques but also forgotten ones like 'nielo'
  • • French director Jean-Luc Godard's work has influenced her
  • • She likes to give equal importance to what remains unseen

Despina Pantazopoulou studied jewellery design and making at the Central School of Art & Design in London in 1976. Her jewellery creations are unique and go beyond traditional forms. Recently, Despina decided to study sculpture, which belongs to the fine arts world, in order to discover what it shares with jewellery making, an applied art. “With the anvil, hammer and fire I have found a creative language where the infinite pounding gives me solutions for my ideas,” she says. Despina believes that “an artist today wants people to know that the price they pay for their work reflects its artistic value and spirituality; it’s not just about the value of the materials”.

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Eve's Spoon

This apple shaped spoon was fully handcrafted by Despina in bronze and iron. Inspired by Adam and Eve’s story, it symbolises Eve’s apple, assuming that food is not only a source of nutrients but of love and knowledge as well.

Length 14 cm
Height 20 cm
Depth 2

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These paper and bronze hands were created for the opening of the Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika Gallery at the Benaki Museum and express the importance of hands in the artistic process of painting, both in their strengths and their weaknesses.

Length 6 cm
Height 5.5 cm
Depth 5

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Ptychoseis – Pleats

This piece was created for the Benaki Museum exhibition Ptychoseis, which explored the idea of folds and pleats in fashion history. Inspired by the brand Pleats Please by Issey Miyake, Despina created a fragmented silver square in order to showcase the expressive force of pleated textures on static objects.

Length 22 cm
Height 22 cm

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Kotinos – Wreath

This is a bronze interpretation of the Olympic wreath made especially for the Kerasis Competition during the 1990 Olympic Games. Despina drew inspiration from Ruskin’s story The Crown of Wild Olive, in which he condemns the human depletion of nature, to create this well thought out bronze Möbius strip adorned with olive leaves.

Length 20 cm
Height 20 cm
Width 4

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