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Ioanna Papouli

  • Yi Ceramics
  • Ceramicist
  • Athens, Greece
  • Rising Star
Ioanna Papouli Ceramicist
Greek, English
By appointment only
+30 6979551431

Greek heritage thrown into experimentation

  • • Ioanna is inspired by textures found in nature
  • • Her final pieces are the result of various experimentations
  • • For her, the art of ceramics is constantly evolving

After studying graphic design at Vakalo Art & Design College in Athens, and photography and art at seminars, Ioanna Papouli attended her first ceramics course in 2014. She immediately fell in love with the craft and the potter’s wheel, and began attending ceramic lessons, which included hand building techniques and clay and glaze technology. In December 2019, she relocated her home-based studio and opened her workshop Yi (Earth) Ceramics in the centre of Athens. There, she experiments with techniques and textures on ceramic surfaces, whether in the way she treats the clay itself or by using different glazing reactions. Her work is highly influenced by ancient Greek vessels, especially the ones created by Minoan artists (Crete, circa 1500 BC). Ioanna is also fascinated with local soils and minerals, and often incorporates wild findings in her projects.

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Box I

This box was created using the slab technique. It is part of a series of experimental pieces on surface. It is made of white stoneware clay and decorated with one of Ioanna Papouli's favourite glazing combinations.

Photo: ©IoannaPapouli
Box II

This box is a part of a series of experimental pieces. It is slab built with stoneware clay and fired at 1220°C. The clay slab was treated with sodium silicate, sprinkled with local minerals, dried with a flame torch and then stretched and thrown on the table.

Photo: ©IoannaPapouli
Cylinder – Vessel I

This vessel with a lid is part of ongoing surface experimentations. Taking the materials to their limits, it is created with black stoneware clay, local minerals and slip.

Photo: ©IoannaPapouli
Bird Jug

This bird-like jug is hand pinched, made of stoneware clay that was fired at 1220°C. The inspiration for the form came from the Minoan civilisation and it is coated with local glazes.

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Torn Vessel II

Black clay with a generous amount of grog, this vessel was slabbed and slapped repeatedly to its limits, after being covered in soda silicate. After stretching, it was then dried with a flame torch. Various glazings were applied or thrown violently with a thick brush.

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Athens: the birthplace of the amphora
10 locations
In more than 3,000 years of existence, the city of Athens has acquired many titles, such as the centre of classical philosophy and the origin of democracy. Follow our itinerary to discover Athens from a new perspective: as the birthplace of the amphora.

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