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Thomais Kontou

  • Porcelain maker
  • Paiania, Greece
  • Master Artisan
Thomais Kontou Porcelain maker
Contact
Greek, English
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+30 6947258185
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Enchanted by porcelain

  • • Kontou has been working with porcelain since 1988
  • • She learned her craft working with master ceramicists in Athens
  • • The first items she created were utilitarian objects

Ceramicist Thomais Kontou has always loved creating objects with her own hands. “As a child, I used to make constructions using stones, wood, soil and textiles. Activities such as painting, sewing, embroidery, knitting and cooking made me happy.” At the same time as pursuing her studies in Graphic Arts, she painted ceramics in ceramic workshops across Athens. In one of them, Kontou saw the owner Stelios Laskaris using the wheel; instantly enchanted, she decided to dedicate herself to this craft. As an artist, she is self-taught. Kontou developed her style after attending seminars, experimenting endlessly, discussing with colleagues about work experiences and visiting museum exhibitions while travelling around the world.

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Works

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Pixides

This porcelain box was inspired by a pair of perforated shoes Thomais loves. The holes were conceived to allow the interior to communicate with the outside and thus to let the object breath.

Width 4.5 cm
Height 5.5 cm

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Plate

The hand painted patterns of this porcelain plate were inspired by Thomais’ garden in spring, when inhabited by a swarm of bees. The artist is fascinated by their organisation, commitment and the wonderful honey they produce. 

Width 50 cm
Height 7 cm

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Glasses

These glasses are part of a series created for Thomais' first solo exhibition, at We gallery on Tsakalof Street in Kolonaki, in November 1998. They were turned on the wheel and hand painted.

Width 8 cm
Height 16 cm

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Miniature box

This miniature porcelain box was hand shaped and hand painted. It was adorned with a white flower on the lid.

Width 3.3 cm
Height 4.5 cm

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Plate

This wheel turned porcelain plate was inspired by a specific pattern found in an art history book. It can be seen either as a shoal of fish swirling from the bottom of the sea or as many half-closed eyes.

Width 51 cm
Height 14 cm

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