Hand-made Ceramic Milk Tumbler

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by Roussos Ceramics (Greece)

Hand-made Ceramic Milk Tumbler

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by Roussos Ceramics (Greece)

Description & Product Details

This milk tumbler was hand-shaped and hand-painted in a small family workshop on the island of Kythira in Greece. It has the perfect size for serving milk at breakfast, sake for dinner or to embellish your table with a small flower arrangement. 

The Roussos family started making ceramics in the early 20th century. Their signature is a special glazing that coats each piece in a thick layer of liquid glass. It protects the ceramics’ colours from fading and gives each piece an ever-lasting glossy shine.

The design of the collection is inspired by the primary colours – blue, yellow and red – which together create black. It is an invitation to celebrate the power and beauty of simplicity. 

Composition & Colour

100% pure clay originating from Thessaloniki

Fire colours

Glaze

Size

9cm (height) x 3.5cm (diameter or opening) 

Ideas for Use

It can be used in many ways! Serve milk at breakfast or some sake for dinner! Or use it to pour some sauce over your steak! You can also put one or several flowers in it!



How it is made

  • The workshop

    Located in a small village on the Greek island of Kythira, the Roussos family works in a beautiful workshop, surrounded by tomato plants and sunflowers. It is a peaceful and comfortable place where you can see and feel their longstanding relationship with the art of pottery making.

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    The clay

    The Roussos import their clay from Greek’s northern region Thessaloniki, which is known for its outstanding quality. The clay is particularly fine and pure, which makes the ceramics robust and avoids easy breakage.

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    Shaping the vessels

    Panajotes shapes the vessels on his potter wheel. Since age 7 he has been trained by his father and spent significant time experimenting. He has since developed his own personal imprint and shapes a large range of vessels with a steady, skilful hand.

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    Smoothing the vessels' surface

    Gregoria smoothens out the surface of every single vessel with a natural sponge that comes from the island’s surrounding. Rising from the foam of the sea, Kythira is said to be the birthplace of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty.

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    Drying

    The vessels are left to air-dry, in the wintertime for two weeks and in the summertime for a week. The climate on the island is typical Mediterranean with mild, rainy winters and hot, sunny summers.

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    First firing

    For two days the vessels are fired in the kiln at 1050°C. They now transform from a light grey to a pure white colour.

  • Hand painting

    Maria hand paints each vessel with delicate lines in different colours. Her background from art school is clearly apparent in her knowledge and experimentation with fire colours and her skilful hands.

  • Glazing

    Gregoria dips each vessel into a special recipe of glaze, consisting predominantly of liquid glass. As a result, each vessel takes on a white coating. The Rousso's secret glazing recipe makes their ceramics more resistant, protects the colours from fading and gives each of their pieces a beautiful glossy shine.

  • Second firing

    The vessels are fired a second time at 1050°C, which is when the liquid glass becomes translucid and the colours reappear. Maria's favourite moment is when she opens the kiln and you finally can see the finished pieces with their bright colours and shiny glaze.

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