Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Inspired by the Aegean: IOANNA'S VERY CHIC

The blue Aegean, with its magical sun-kissed islands, is an endless source of inspiration to many artists... And I love seeing my beloved Aegean Sea and the Islands through their eyes and their inspiration. Today I have the pleasure to make you meet one of them... Ioanna lives on the beautiful island of Skyros, in the Sporades. Ioanna's joyful and colorful ceramic work is deeply inspired by the colors and light of the Aegean Sea and Islands. When asked about her inspiration, she replies: "My inspiration? Nothing else but the sun, the blue of the Aegean, the flowers of my garden and the white, almost minimal, houses of Greek islands!"
Ioanna is a graduate from the School of Fine Arts of Athens, and she runs her own ceramic workshop. She says: "Creation for me is freedom and with my colors I express the beauty of life!" Love-Light-Joy are this lovely artist's motto! And you can really see her passion and love for life and color in her gorgeous ceramic and terracotta work. Ioanna tells us that "Since the day I was born, I knew I was going to deal with colors and shapes! My character's feature? Being so optimistic. And this can be seen in my work. I love to create little masterpieces, each one as unique as the person who will choose it. It's my life's philosophy to use beautiful colours, bringing out all the harmony that my soul can hide. Each piece has a story to tell. Every step I take, I do it with passion and love for my creations. From the moment I will touch the clay to the final moment I will take them out of the kiln and feel the joy of seeing something 'alive' in my hands!"
Ioanna's artist statement is: "Light, joy, love and passion are what I create and what I mostly want to give to you through my work". You can find her wonderful Aegean inspired ceramic and terracotta functional pottery, home decor and jewelry, as well as a selection of earrings from gemstones, ceramic beads and sterling silver, in her Etsy shop IoannasVeryChic. Or, in Ioanna's own words, "Chic creations blessed by the Aegean sea and sun!".

Waiting for the glazing

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