Processing of metal Configuration
In that circular cell, a man who looks like me is writing in letters I cannot understand a long poem about a man who in another circular cell is writing a poem about a man who in another circular cell . . . The process never ends and no one will be able to read what the prisoners write.
A Dream: A poem by Jorge Luis Borges
The Greeks are famous for their passion for and specialized knowledge of metalworking. Not only was speech born on Greek soil but also so was all knowledge on metalworking.
The Copper Age sprang from that land just like a river that always flows out from the same source.
Good fortune led that river to the ancient foundries around the areas of Ilissos and Keramikos, where unique ancient copper creations are still preserved to this day.
Art and Science Gallery.com has tracked down those craftsmen who still keep up the tradition passed down to them through generations and reject the use of modern technology. We have looked for the original metalworking techniques and have collaborated with craftsmen who don’t over-advertise their work but choose to conduct their work under humane and high-quality conditions instead; craftsmen who have a feel for the metal, thus preserving the history of an entire civilization; people who, unbeknownst to them, justify Thucydides’ words that ‘a daily source of pleasure helps banish the spleen’.
The word ‘ceramic’ was born in Greek soil. Still to this day, in the same districts that still bear the same names of old, craftsmen mould the elements, torrefy them day after day, year after year, century after century.
Art and Science Gallery.com collaborates with those specialized craftsmen who keep up the centuries-long tradition. If Greeks don’t know about pottery then no-one does.
Processing of Ceramic constructions
The definition “ceramic” was borned in greek soil. In those, same places, at the same
districts which keep their names until nowadays, craftsem mould the elements, torrefy them day to day, year to year, century to century.
Art and Science Gallery.com collaborates with those special cfraftsmen who through centuries keep up the same tradition. If Greeks don’t know about ceramic then no one else does.
About our collaborator Thomas Kotsigianis:
From 1990 until today, I maintain my own professional atelier and vase-painting workshop, specializing in the creation of faithful reproductions (both vessel and decoration) of ancient Greek art.
In the year 2003-2004, t he Ministry of Culture organized a nationwide competition for the production of the best replicas of ancient Greek art, and I was awarded first prize by a committee of distinguished scientists and artists (including the Central Council of Greek Archaeology). On the basis of this process I became the only vase painter whose work is officially certified by the Greek Ministry of Culture.
I also had the good fortune to have the extraordinary Io Zervoudaki and Betty Stasinopoulou as my mentors in vase painting. Furthermore, I owe a deep debt of gratitude to the National Archaeological Museum’s Association of Potters and Sculptors – and to a constellation of directors and archaeological museums (in Greece and abroad) and to numerous Ephors of Antiquities who have believed in my work and who have offered years of support, encouragement and unprecedented access to priceless works of art.
My study of ancient vases continues to this day, primarily at the conservation laboratories, workshops and studios of the National Archaeological Museum, the Museum of Eleusina and of other archaeological ephorates and local museums throughout Greece. Finally, I owe my ongoing study and deep fascination with Hellenistic vases to the example and guidance of Professor Stella Droungou.
My workshop is a place of creative inspiration and fertile dialogue on the art of vase painting and its techniques. Here I pursue new ideas inspired by the latest archaeological discoveries and announcements – and engage in conversation with a wide range of people from the fields of archaeology, science and the arts. Drawing on these resources and experiences, I am able to create and execute any idea or design for both private collectors and institutions, from vases and jewelry to free designs and applications. read more here
About our collaborator Eugenia Gerontara
Eugenia Gerontara was born in Athens in 1980. Painting has always been her greatest love and passion and she is currently devoted to the arts. Geronata has specialized for over ten years in archaic handmade pottery with Greek mythology as her main topic of inspiration. A good number of her creations are archaic museum replicas while some are fed into galleries, private collections, museums, souvenir shops, architects, interior designers and decorators around the world. She has participated in various exhibitions, such as the Word Fine Art Gallery in New York in 2016, and has excelled in European painting competitions (www.euartmyseum.eu) representing Greece. Furthermore, in 2010 she contributed to a collectible art book for the Benaki Museum of contemporary art read more
About our collaborator Flora Rumelioti
Perhaps Crete’s most experienced painter, she specializes in portraits.
Processing of Marble constructions
About our collaborator Dimitris Skalkotos
Skalkotos is an exceptional sculptor that works with Pentelic marble, the material used for the historical Acropolis of Athens. He steers away from a purely materialistic approach, moving along the contemporary perception of art as a form of communication. His technique translates language and poetry into three-dimensional representations. He challenges the outward characteristics of marble to surprise with subtle but impactful interventions; a fine cut on a heavy slab of marble, inscriptions etc.. read more
Processing of metal constructions
About our collaborator Eri Valaskatzi
Eri was born in Athens in 1972. She studied graphic and decorative arts in the “Liberal Studies ATES” school. She has also attended courses in fine arts and has worked in the studio of sculptor Nikolas Stefos. Additionally, Eri has a degree in museology and has also undergone training in the intricacies of working with precious metals, coins etc.
Art and design play a pivotal part in every facet of her life.
It was precisely this passion for sculpture and the representation of beauty that inspired her to create decorative objects and jewelry, working with silver, copper, brass and nickel.
In 2013, she was awarded the “Kosmima” prize, as the best artisan jewelry designer.
Processing of wooden constructions
Art and science gallery collaborates with Paraschos Co. in the construction of wooden replicas. Paraschos Co., specialized in the construction of wind musical instruments, was founded by George Paraschos in 1980 and has since made a name for itself in the manufacturing, repair and trade of wind musical instruments.
Thanks to their long experience in the field of wooden constructions, datin back to 1990, Paraschos Co. have studied wood in great detail and applied new methods towards the evolution of sound. Furthermore, Paraschos Co. have contributed immensely to archeological research endeavors in music, through the manufacturing of a full-scale, fully operational replica of the “Water Organ”, a Greek musical instrument from the 3rd century B.C.read more here
write by M. Vardopulu