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Antonis Kalogirou

  • Sifnos Stoneware
  • Ceramicist
  • Artemonas, Greece
  • Master Artisan
Antonis Kalogirou Ceramicist
Contact
Greek, English
Hours:
Monday to Saturday 09:00 - 20:00 (Summer), Monday to Saturday 09:00 - 17:00 (Winter)
Phone:
+30 2284033090
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Family legacy

  • • Antonis ceramics is based on a four-generation long tradition
  • • It takes him at least one week to create a piece
  • • He opened Sifnos Software in 2006

It was during his engineering studies in the UK that Antonis felt inspired; he knew he wanted to become a ceramicist and follow in the footsteps of his ancestors. So, after completing his degree, he moved back to his native island of Sifnos to learn the traditional craft of ceramics from his father, a retired third generation potter who came out of retirement to teach him. In 2006 they opened a new workshop, Sifnos Software, and began experimenting together. Today the atelier offers a wide collection of dinnerware as well as vases. Although Antonis uses various ceramic techniques, he specialises in the delicate method of crystalline glazing, a particular process in which crystals form and grow inside the glaze during cooling.

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Works

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Pebble Bowls

This series of stoneware bowls slip casted from pebble moulds includes three different sizes of bowls that can be nested. The interior part of each piece is glazed with coloured glazes. Their external part has been coloured, wiped and left unglazed. The making process included a firing at 1270° C.

Length 20 cm
Width 18 cm
Height 6 cm

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Pebble Bowls

This set features three nested coloured bowls, which were slip cast from pebble moulds. The interior of each piece is finished with a blue glaze. Their external part is intentionally left unglazed, providing a nice contrast with the inner colour. The making process involved a firing at 1270° C.

Length 22 cm
Width 19 cm
Height 6 cm

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Crystalline Glazed Platter

This stoneware platter is slip cast with a crystalline glaze, a specific glaze in which crystals form and grow inside the glaze during cooling. The inner crystal glaze is thus composed of blue crystals on a tan background. The external part was treated with a black glaze. During the manufacturing process, the piece was fired at 1285°C with an extended cooling time to allow the crystals to grow. It has been then re-fired to 750° to change the background colour: a technique of glass blowing called striking.

Height 7 cm
Diameter 44 cm

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Crystalline Glazed Vase

This stoneware vase was slip cast with a blue crystal glaze on a light blue and grey background. Crystalline glazes are specialty glazes wherein crystals form and grow inside the glaze during cooling. This process requires special glaze formulas and a complex and lengthy firing cycle that can last over 20 hours. This stoneware vase was fired at 1285°C with prolonged cooling to allow the crystals to grow.

Height 24 cm
Diameter 9 cm

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Crystalline Glazed Vase

The creation of this blue and orange stoneware vase involved various manufacturing steps and specific techniques. The vase is slip cast and altered with a crystalline glaze, composed of blue crystals on an orange background. The piece was fired at 1285°C with a prolonged cooling time to let the crystals grow. It was then re-fired at 750°C to change the colour of the background, following the glass blowing technique referred to as 'striking'.

Height 23 cm
Diameter 9 cm

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