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If you are like me, you probably love finding out how jewellery artists work, what their studio looks like, what kind of tools they use or what the view outside their window is. That is why Contemporarty™ is introducing its new column “What’s on your workbench?” with pictures and interviews from jewellery creators from Greece and around the world!

The first artist to be featured on our new column is Poly Nikolopoulou. You have seen her work on Contemporarty™ before, but this time you get to see her studio through my camera. I visited Poly on a sunny Sunday morning and I think that she is very lucky to be living in one of the few suburbs of Athens that still have that countryside feeling. Her house is located on a hill and the view of Athens and the surrounding mountains is spectacular. I bet that in order to get inspired, all she needs to do is step outside her door. 😉

Poly told me that contemporary jewellery was not her first choice of profession. She did not even know that such a thing existed at the time. She studied journalism and graphic design in Athens before deciding to follow her instincts and her love for creating objects with her hands. Through the internet she found Alchimia in Florence and there she became fascinated with the world of contemporary jewellery. After completing her final Quaternitas year under the supervision of Manfred Bischoff, she came back to Greece in 2008 and continued creating and exhibiting her jewellery. In October 2012, she started teaching the jewellery courses at the Art Workshop of Chalkida (her students’ work was presented in our previous post).

Poly divides her time between teaching and working on her own pieces and says that she loves doing both. She feels lucky to be working with her students from Chalkida, who give their hearts and souls into their jewellery making. Poly feels that she learns a lot from them too and enjoys watching the process of creation through their pieces.

If you live in Athens and would like to learn more about Poly and her work, why don’t you drop in at Eleni Marneri Gallery on Saturday 23rd March, between 13:00 and 14:00? Together with Connie Ochoa, Poly will present some of her pieces, explain her work process and answer your questions. I am looking forward to it!

Thank you Poly for your hospitality! 🙂

Inside Poly Nikolopoulou's studio. Photos by Eleni Roumpou

Inside Poly Nikolopoulou’s studio. Photos by Eleni Roumpou

A genuine Alchimia workbench! Notice the metalic casing on top of the bench, which provides a more secure surface for soldering. Photos by Eleni Roumpou

A genuine Alchimia workbench! Notice the metalic casing on top of the bench, which provides a more secure surface for soldering. Photos by Eleni Roumpou

Burs drills and mandrels on Poly's workbench. Photos by Eleni Roumpou

Burs drills and mandrels on Poly’s workbench. Photos by Eleni Roumpou

Work in progress perhaps? Photos by Eleni Roumpou

Work in progress perhaps? Photos by Eleni Roumpou

Soldering boards on Poly's workbench. Photos by Eleni Roumpou

Soldering boards on Poly’s workbench. Photos by Eleni Roumpou

Poly's benchpeg. Photos by Eleni Roumpou

Poly’s benchpeg. Photos by Eleni Roumpou

Poly Nikolopoulou at work. Photos by Eleni Roumpou

Poly Nikolopoulou at work. Photos by Eleni Roumpou

Poly Nikolopoulou at work. Photos by Eleni Roumpou

Poly Nikolopoulou at work. Photos by Eleni Roumpou

Poly Nikolopoulou at work. Photos by Eleni Roumpou

Poly Nikolopoulou at work. Photos by Eleni Roumpou

Poly keeps some of her work on display. Photos by Eleni Roumpou

Poly keeps some of her work on display. Photos by Eleni Roumpou

Poly keeps some of her work on display. Photos by Eleni Roumpou

Poly keeps some of her work on display. Photos by Eleni Roumpou

All pictures belong to Eleni Roumpou and Contemporarty™. If you would like to share them, do not forget to give credit. 

Thank you for reading 🙂

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