Anticipating something does not make it any easier to accept once it happens. I knew that Eleni Varnadaki would stop working sooner rather than later, but I was still shocked and upset when I got to the shop the other day and saw that the door was closed and the sign gone. She is 83 after all, and we all have to stop working at some stage, but it really was a shock. Her ceramics shop has been on Voukourestiou Street ever since I remember.
An inspired artist, who has forged new directions in ceramics in Greece, Vernadaki has never been interested in publicity or in 'selling' herself: in fact, if you google her name, all you will find are my posts. And yet, her work has consistently sold for I don't know how many years and she has a very dedicated and loyal following who are very appreciative of her work.
I went next door and was told that she has indeed stopped working even though her health is excellent. I was allowed in.
The shop is an office now that Ms Varnadaki uses, and the few ceramics that are left are for sale.
Very few pieces
Bowl and ball
Painting in the form of a platter
These bowls are her latest work, produced just before the summer - my favourites were the white ones with a dash of black inside, but those have all gone, and the only ones left are these, still lovely, white and black with a dash of red inside
Two black and white balls, and a small spinning top.
I have done quite a few posts on her shop over the years and you can see them here (the original shop), here , here and here .
Below are some of the pieces she has produced over the years:
The white bowls I mentioned earlier
and also in this vibrant blue
A lot of her work is very large in size - this piece is 2-3 feet high. Must be so difficult making and handling such large ceramics pieces
one of my favourites
variation on a theme
Her teapots are legendary
A stack of plates
Isn't this vibrant blue, stunning?
Gold is another favourite material
Oxidised silver broach.
Finally some of the pieces I own, most of them birthday presents from Ken:
Teapot: with a dash of silver on the right, and a dash of gold on the top
Teapot, which is a dark silver
White dove inspired by the minimalism of Cycladic art