He was born in 1974, in Thessaloniki, Greece. He studied ‘Visual & Live Art’ in Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education, England, from 1995 to 1998. He’s working in his own studio in Thessaloniki since 2000. Functional and decorative stoneware ceramics are his main production, until now. During the last decade, he showed his work in five solo exhibitions in Greece, while he participated in many group exhibitions, projects and symposiums around Greece and other European countries. At the same time he taught ceramics in different Art Schools in northern Greece, and through seminars in major museums of Thessaloniki. In 2010 he established an experimental ceramics studio in the region of Imathia, Greece.
“As art, whose existence is defined by man’s need to cover basic functions, ceramics is documented as the most immediate art form of our everyday reality. Every reference and thought to the utilitarian object unfolds the pleats of our own history, stimulating the basic principles of our aesthetics”.
George Vavatsis’ work, based on potter’s wheel, consists of utilitarian objects made of stoneware clay or porcelain and fired up to 1250°C in oxidised atmosphere. All glazes are friendly to use. Raku and smoke firing are applied to specific designs, which have been worked with terra sigillata, resist slips or glazes up to 950°C.