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Gigisha Pachkoria

Gigisha Pachkoria Ceramicist
Contact
Georgian, English
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+995 599652262
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Master of ceramic teapots

  • • Gigisha loves experimenting with tableware shapes and textures
  • • He has a unique technique of ceramic coil building
  • • His ceramic works have been exhibited worldwide

Gigisha Pachkoria is one of the renowned ceramic artists of Georgia. His interest in ceramics started in early childhood, within the artistic environment of his family. “My father was a painter, he used to bring clay home and I would model different objects. I remember my mother taking me to museums, where I got acquainted with ancient Georgian pottery.” At 16, Gigisha decided to pursue a career as a professional ceramic artist. Gigisha’s works are recognisable for his signature shapes and unique textures, achieved through a synthesis of various ceramic techniques – an approach resulting from ongoing and constant experiments. “My primary subject of interest has always been teapots, as they have unlimited possibilities for improvisation. You can experiment with the shapes of handles, body, spout and lids. Moreover, I really love tea!" The artist’s works have been exhibited at galleries and symposiums worldwide: Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Tokyo, Baku, and beyond.

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Works

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Ceramic vessel

This hand-built ceramic teapot is made of red clay using a coil building technique. Mounted on a narrow foot, the teapot’s overall proportions are vertically elongated. The work is entirely covered with white glaze. It has a spout, pointed handle and a narrow opening on the top. The ball-shaped stopper is smooth and transparent, which contrasts with the rough surface of the body. The vessel’s elongated shape gives an overall exotic fairy tale flavour to the work.

Height 22 cm
Diameter 13 cm

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Teapot

This hand-built teapot is made of red clay using a coil building technique. It has a round shape with a textured surface, which is covered with red ochre colourants, mixed with turquoise drips spread asymmetrically over the surface. The teapot has a short and disproportionally narrow spout, a pointed handle and a narrow opening on the top with a tiny ball-shaped cover. The wrinkled texture all over the surface gives a rustic feel to the work, which is a trademark of Gigisha's work.

Height 21 cm
Diameter 20 cm

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Teapot

This small, pear-shaped teapot is hand-built from red clay. Distinct from the majority of the artist’s works, this teapot stands out for its smooth glazed surface, in white with contrasting dark greenish-blue spots. The glazing serves to highlight the bulbous part of the body, the ring-shaped handle and the ball-shaped lid.

Height 9 cm
Diameter 6 cm

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Teapot and cup

This set consists of a teapot and a matching cup. Both works stand upon vertically elongated feet. The works are coil built from red clay. The surface is covered red ochre, cobalt and white colourants, spread roughly over the wrinkly textured surface. The teapot has a long protruding spout, pointed handle and narrow opening, with a small ball-shaped closure. The overall elongated proportions give an oriental fairy tale look to the set.

Height 25 cm
Diameter 13 cm
Height 17 cm
Diameter 7 cm

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Wine vessel

This wine vessel is coil-built in white clay. It is ovoid shape and stands in a diagonal position when on a flat surface. A narrow protruding spout, with a smooth, pure white surface, contrasts with the bulbous body covered with wrinkly texture and greenish-blue stripes. A rolled-up end, along with an overall white-and-blue colour palette, evokes the natural outline of a seashell. The vessel pays homage to the ancient Georgian traditions of ceramic wine-ware, known for its diversity and richness of shapes.

Height 28 cm
Diameter 24 cm

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