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Margarita Ecclesiarchou

Born in Thessaloniki, Greece, i now live in Aegina, an insland known for its long ceramics tradition. My close daily contact with nature has been an ongoing source of inspiration for my work. I have been working for several years with porcelain, which i find appropriate for the forms i create. My recent series "Shells", takes its inspiration from seashells and their fascinating diversity. I observe with wonder the perfection of their structures; the repetitive yet asymmetrical symmetrical patterns, and their smooth, rough, wavy textured surfaces. I try to reveal their immense wealth of natural variety. Time is yet another element that plays an important role in my work. Just as nature slowly and successively builds the pattern on the seashell surface, so i bend over my materials with patience and persistence to create every minute detail of my surfaces. Time plays an equally important role in another series of my work called "Nerikomi", a very time consuming technique where small pieces of coloured porcelain make patterns like a mosaic. These paper-thin porcelain bowls, with inlaid floral designs, allow light to penetrate through and give life to its colourful patterns.

These two most recent series of my work have been shown in a solo exhibition at the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece.