What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Complex Simplicity



Manos Kalamenios/MadeByManos

It is rare that I let an artist’s words form the majority of my post, but Manos Kalamenios, the maker behind MadeByManos, sent me such a wonderful artist’s statement, I realized he explained himself way better than I could. Here’s the man himself:

“Unlike any other artist maker who get inspired by nature and their surroundings, my inspiration comes from the material itself. My designs are the products of my experiments in materiality; for me clay is not a static material but a starting point – everything develops from the constant changes in mixture and method. I see myself as an alchemist, exploring material and mining new colors, shapes, and textures from the precise re-calibration of formulas. It is , I think, this constant testing of material that stimulates my practice and gives my work its strength.

“I always try to use unconventional materials and tools and utilize them in an unexpected way, stretching their potential.

“The tactility of a material, how it feels to touch and hold, is a key part of its overall character, informing just as much as its visual landscape; my work prioritizes this aspect of my materials. I feel that it is very important to let the material do what is best for it in the most simple way possible instead of forcing it to be something else. I aim always to be true to the material, listening to its voice and observing its personality.”

His work seems so fragile and complex and ethereally lovely, I want to touch and examine each one up close.

Check out Manos’s work on his website, in his Etsy shop, and on his Instagram.

All images property of Manos Kalamenios/MadeByManos, used with permission.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

17 thoughts on “Complex Simplicity

  1. I love that there is so much variety to the shape and colors of his work.

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  2. They are so beautiful and so WHITE! which makes me nervous and to make things better, they are CLAY!

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  3. I absolutely love all the bowl shaped pieces in particular. Forced to choose just one, I think I’d select the bowls with the blue interior and gilded edge.

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  4. This is really beautiful artwork, I love it!

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  5. While these could never remain intact in my home, I do love them all. Just gorgeous!

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  6. Thank you for the feature and all for your very kind words!
    I have to say they do look very fragile but they are super strong! I’m a very clumsy person and my breakage rate is almost zero.

    Thank you once again

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