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© Lasha Adamashvili
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© Ceramic Art

Ana Japaridze & Nino Kopaladze

Ana Japaridze & Nino Kopaladze Ceramicist
Contact
Georgian, English
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+995 593335677
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Connections in clay

  • • Ana and Nino met at the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts
  • • They work mostly in slab building and monoprint painting techniques
  • • Their main inspiration is nature and the cultural heritage of Georgia

Ana Japaridze and Nino Kopaladze are ceramicists, designers but first and foremost close friends from Tbilisi. They are united by their love of clay and have shared their creative lives for more than 20 years. The duo founded the workshop, Ceramic Art, which brings together their artistic experiments and novel ideas. “After graduating from Tbilisi State Academy of Arts, we decided to work together. We always wanted to create works which would combine modern elements and traditional motifs.” Now, they create decorative objects and mugs, plates and different kitchenware which is distinguished by the irregularly slab-built, hand-modelled shapes and faded textures achieved through the extensive use of the monoprint technique. Their works are inspired by nature and Georgian heritage motifs, for example the balconies of Old Tbilisi or traditional textiles. “We love traveling together, wandering in nature, visiting the cultural heritage monuments of Georgia, and thinking about innovative ideas.”

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Works

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Vase

This ceramic object was made with chamotte using the slab building technique, fired at 1,150°C. The shape consists of a round body and four adjunct open-top tubes covered with dark brown glaze. Being part of a collection of other vases of a similar style made using the same technique, the object is inspired by the ancient Georgian tradition of ceramic wine ware, in which one vessel often combines many small inter-connected parts, and was used as a shared drinking vessel during feasts.

Height 9 cm
Diameter 6.5 cm

Photo: © Tornike Shengelia
Set of ceramic objects

The set of ceramic objects is made of red chamotte using the hand building technique with naked clay. The set includes three large vases of different heights. The separately made vases unite cylinders and ovals, and have narrow profiled necks on the top or in between those forms. The collection was made in collaboration with a hotel and made specifically for the hotel’s interior. The set is united by the smooth texture of an unglazed red surface and the simplicity of large geometric shapes.

Height 125 cm
Diameter 55 cm

Photo: © Ceramic Art
Flower

The ceramic object was made with chamotte using the thrown ceramics and slab building techniques, and was glazed and fired at 1,150°C. The shape consists of a cylindrical base, a pointed protruding oval, and a bowl shape on the top. The entire surface is covered with white glaze. The object is part of the Flowers series, inspired by natural forms, the ceramic works of Hans Coper, and the archaic fruit offering trays carried by the titans. The overall shape of the object – the base, the pointy oval and the bowl together with green and grey dots in the centre – are associated with the outline of a flower and its stem, leaves and stamen.

Height 16 cm
Diameter 14 cm

Photo: © Ceramic Art
Flower

The ceramic object was made with chamotte using the thrown ceramics and slab building techniques, and was glazed and fired at 1,150°C. The shape consists of a cylindrical base, a pointed protruding oval, and a bowl shape on the top. The colour palette is made up of pastel cream and light blue. The latter is only used for the dots in the bowl cavetto. The object is part of the Flowers series inspired by natural forms, the ceramic works of Hans Coper, and the archaic fruit offering trays carried by the titans. The overall shape of the object is associated with the outline of a flower, with its stem (the base) leaves (the pointy oval) and petals (the bowl).

Length 20 cm
Width 13 cm
Height 15 cm

Photo: © Ceramic Art
Nature Illusion – Blue

The wall art piece, Nature Illusion – Blue, belongs to a series of works named Nature Illusion, initiated in 2008 with the aim of delving into natural forms and escaping from the everyday urban routine. The work was made of white clay using the slab building technique, painted with monoprint, and fired at 1,050°C. Attached to a square wooden frame, the square white ceramic tile has many small irregular protruding bowl-shapes with different shades of blue in the cavettos. The work recreates the blue of the sky and the faded colours of Georgian rugs.

Length 35 cm
Width 35 cm
Height 5 cm

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