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George Vavatsis

  • Ceramicist
  • Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Master Artisan
George Vavatsis Ceramicist
Greek, English
By appointment only
+30 2310306603
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When clay is a way of life

  • • George studied at Gloucestershire University, UK
  • • The first object he designed was a coffee cup named Alice
  • • His functional pieces are influenced by Greek everyday life

George Vavatsis opened his own workshop in 2000. Ever since becoming acquainted with the potter’s wheel while studying in England, he has been using it for the majority of his creations. In recent years he has also integrated minerals into his pieces. He carefully selects the minerals from various geographical areas within Greece, before introducing them to the clay chosen for the creation of his work. Through firing, these minerals form new colours and textures on the ceramic pieces. George does not consider pottery a job, but a way of life, no matter how laborious it may feel at times.

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George has transformed a traditional floral motif into a more abstract sculpture by attaching 3D imprints onto a spherical form. Smoke firing the red earthenware clay has lent it a metallic effect, creating a strong contrast between the various monochromatic layers.

Height 15 cm
Width 15 cm

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Alice coffee set

These white stoneware forms were thrown on a potter’s wheel. Each one features a light green glazed interior and a contrasting matt white exterior. They all have a slightly different shape, providing a pleasing combination of functionality and form.

Height 6 cm
Width 6 cm
Height 18 cm
Width 12 cm

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Mineral Effect series (spring & winter mini moon jars)

The stoneware clay used to create these thrown ceramic forms was infused with various metallic minerals collected from various areas of the Greek mainland. George’s intention was to bring the colours of different geographical areas together in order to create a unique natural colour palette.

Height 20 cm
Width 15 cm

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Oval stoneware plate

The focus of this large wheel-thrown plate was on the possibilities provided by the technique of creation. The exterior surface of the vessel has been finished with a matt white glaze that contrasts with the electric orange glazed interior.

Height 35 cm
Width 50 cm

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