George Vavatsis

Artist Statement

There are two reasons, why I became and have remained involved with ceramics. First is the wheel, essential to my experience in ceramic. Inner balance, full emotion, self-control and the absolute truth of technical skill, are the elements of my art. And all these elements can be found in the wheel throwing practice. Second, is the eternal state of learning. Ceramics is a limitless art field, that expands all our experiences and knowledge into enormously unexpected depths. The action of creating a bowl, affects the same sense as those affected creating an art masterpiece. Clay demands the same knowledge, the same handling and the same respect, in both cases.

It’s simply fantastic, experiencing such great feelings out of such simple objects.

-- George Vavatsis


George Vavatsis was born in 1974 in Thessaloniki, Greece, where he currently lives and works. Vavatsis established his first ceramics studio in 2000 and for almost 15 years has explored as many aspects of ceramics art as possible, experimenting with clay types, glaze formulas, natural sources and throwing on the wheel.

Today, in 2018, the artist is running a small contemporary ceramics gallery, called “6exi”, in the city of Thessaloniki, a large ceramics production unit, called “Hakah Ceramics Production”, focusing on tableware and dinnerware, and a personal ceramics studio where he creates his own work and gives weekly lessons to mature students.

“Ceramics Camp”, is an important part of the artist’s personal involvement with ceramics, as it consists of an ideal area for seminars and experimentation, and collaborating with national and international ceramics artists.