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Art event of the week – a trip to Aegina

19 September 2009 / 09:09:25  GRReporter
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The first ever International Ceramics Symposium to be held in Aegina is scheduled for September 15-30. Participants are ambitious to show the world the advancements in their field, and distinguished ceramists from Greece and around the world will be willing to share their secrets with the visitors. The agenda for this unique week includes seminars, practical workshops, exhibitions, and parties, where interested guests will have the opportunity to see ceramists in action.

 The event has been organized by practitioners from Aegina, who contribute to the preservation and continuity of the traditions in the field of ceramics – one that has been developing in their island for hundreds of years. Aeginian pots in yellow are among the most popular items in Greek homes both in cities and villages until the 30s of the 20th century. They could also be seen in classical Greek movies and are traditional for the folklore of that period.

 Most of the events during the week of ceramics will be open to the public, and will provide a rare opportunity for people to get a glimpse of the art of making contemporary ceramics. Visitors will also be able to see some traditional ceramic art works.

 Open public event agenda:

 Thursday, September 17, from 7 pm to 9 pm:

 Opening of the Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition at the Archeological Museum of Aegina in Kolona. Works of the participants in the symposium will be shown at the event. (Opening hours: every day from 8:30 am to 3 pm, except Mondays)

 Saturday, September 19, at 7:30 pm:

Archaeologist Eirini Gratsia will read a lecture in the garden of the Etiological Musem on the following topic: “Remains of the traditional ceramics in Aegina”

Wednesday, September 23, from 10 am to 12 am

Workshop at the Karapanou House – Open to the public.

Friday, September 25, from 8pm until the next morning

Traditional ceramists Nektarios and Georgios Garis will burn their pots in a wooden glaze-kiln in Mesagro. A party with wine and appetizers is scheduled to start at 8 pm around the burning kiln.  

 Saturday, September 26, from 7:30 am to 10 am

A work techniques demonstration by Swiss ceramist Alen Favr and Greek tradionalist Nektarios Garis. After that, Marios Kerasioti will read a lecture in the garden of the Etiological museum on the following topic: “Contemporary Greek Ceramics”.

Tuesday, September 29, from 5 pm to 7 pm

Exhibition is scheduled at the Karapanou house, that will show the works made during the symposium.

 For additional information:

Margarita Elisiarchou: 2297022548, 6972077779,  margarita@otenet.gr; Theodora Chorafa: 2297026535, theo@art-aigina.org; Chrysanti Papamichou: 6976409248

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