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Handcrfafted by Kourtzis

This exhibition by the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation aims to showcase aspects of the long-lasting course of the Kourtzis family of potters. This course also highlights aspects of local history, customs and practices, and techniques directly linked with the development of the art of pottery on the island.
 
 
Panagiotis Kourtzis marks the start of a long succession not only of generations but also of a series of pottery workshops that developed with the passage of time. The basic workshop he initially set up in the courtyard of his house at Agiasos village passed down to his son Nikolas, and thus handicraft developed to professionalised cottage industry. Elias Kourtzis, of the following generation, experimented with new material and new techniques. His “archaic” works were influenced by the forms of ancient Greek pottery. Yet Nikos Kourtzis was the one who, during the first half of the 20th century, gave new impetus with his typical “blackware” creations. Younger potters such as the sisters of Nikos and their husbands also contributed to production. Earning prizes, commendations and two patents, the Kourtzis-Pantazis workshop prospered significantly. 
 
 
During the 1960s with the help of the National Organisation of Greek Crafts (EOEX) a new kiln was built, and thus production reached levels to cover not only demand from Athens but also from the rest of the country as well as abroad. Younger generations with higher studies continue this work following new pathways. Elias Kourtzis and his daughter Elpida manage to find great scope for artistic expression in the very same material, clay.
 
MUSEUM OF INDUSTRIAL OLIVE-OIL PRODUCTION OF LESVOS
Agia Paraskevi, GR 811 02 (Lesvos) - Tel: (+30) 22530 32300
Exhibition duration: 6/7/2018 - 15/10/2018
 
 
Beyond folklore: evolving the tradition | Ilias and Elpida Kourtzi | TEDxLesvos

Ilias studied Chemistry but he also worked as a pottery maker. Elpida, his daughter, after finishing her athletic studies in England, returned to Greece and started working at her ceramics workshop. Both of them are continuing and evolving a long tradition of their families, as their ancestors are some of the most famous pottery makers in Lesvos! They share that journey beyond folklore on TEDxLesvos stage. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

6 generations of Kourtzis clay artisans and 200 years of family tradition presented in the National Clay Festival 2017

Kourtzis family from Agiassos Lesvos island has a tradition of clay artisans dating back 200 years! 6 generations of this family have served the art of clay pottery and their history will be presented during the 55th Panellinic Clay Exibition taking place in Athens.

The presentation will take place on Sunday 26th of November at the Art and Culture Hall (Maroussi area) and it will be introduced by Nikos Liaros, ceramist and archeologist. Ilias Kourtzis (5th generation), ceramist and chemist will be present as well as ceramist Elpida Kourtzi (6th generation artisan of the family), presenting 200 years of family tradition of Lesvos Island with uniquer photos and documents dating from 1820 to present.

The Kourtzis family tradition has spawned more than 40 craftsmen and artisans involved in clay pottery and clay arts. Many of them have established their own workshops.

  • Initiating with Panagiotis Kourtzis (1820-1895),
  • the tradition lived on: Nikolas Kourtzis (1849-1929),
  • Ilias Kourtzis (1873-1956),
  • Nikos Kourtzis (1907-1998),
  • Ilias Kourtzis (1944-) and
  • Elpida Kourtzi (1981-).

 

Custom made wedding gift

Custom made post wedding gift that symbolizes Delphi municipality - the Center of the World.

It is a presse papier (paper weight) made of clay for the wedding ceremony held in Delphi, Greece.
The design is inspired by the identity of the sacred ancient oracle and symbolizes the center of the earth (the navel of the earth).

The presse papier is engraved on its upper side with the geographical coordinates of the Holy Mountain of Sibyla and at the other side with the couple's initials.

It has been polished slightly to give the satin texture and has been burned at 1020 Deg Celsius.

  • Quantity: 180 pieces
  • Dimensions: Diameter~10cm, thickness~8mm
  • Idea and implementation by Kourtzi Elpida - Kourtzis Art Pottery.

 

Ceramic medals for Imittos Epic mountain race

Kourtzis art pottery to create unique collectible handmade medals for finishers of Imittos Epic mountain race. The medals will feature the event logo (tortoise) and will be handmade. For a selected number of athletes they will be engraved with their name at the back side.

The medals made of clay, will be burned twice in 1.100degC. Special medals will be given to "fast" runners, featuring a golden tortoise.

More than 300 medals will be created in a two months period. This will be the third year that Kourtzis Art Pottery will supply the collectible medals which have proven to be an attraction for this event among runners.