Athens-based ceramicist Yiorgos Trichas creates unique stoneware pieces, drawing inspiration from his childhood memories on the Cycladic island of Syros. Having spent 11 years in Syros, the Greek island becomes the starting point of his creative journey. “It is the memory of that place that brings me back to my raw state; It reminds me of who I am and who I want to be”, says the artist. The Cycladic light emerging through the shutters, the smell of the earth, the pastel hues, and the island’s neoclassical architecture are only some of the design references the artist incorporates into his work.
Back in 2017, he started practicing ceramics as a hobby with Greek ceramicist Yannis Mamoutzis, but soon this creative process proved to be quite relieving for him and finally evolved into his passion. With studies in Speech Therapy, the ceramicist states that as a therapist studies the patients’ unprocessed state and supports them in reshaping, re-sculpting, and recreating it, the same thing happens in the process of making ceramics. The ceramist imagines, handles, manipulates, sculpts, withdraws, and ponders the result. Both are long, challenging, and creative journeys, but their endpoint always proves to be a pleasant surprise.