Greetings to all mud lovers and ceramicists alike. Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Tim Mantzouridis and the first thing that people ask me is.... “is that Greek?”
Well???? I am an Australian Greek, with a passion for many things including food from all over the world, especially from the Orient.... oh! and ceramics of course.....
I was born in Thessaloniki, Greece, to Greek refugee grandparents from Constantinople, so I’m a Constantinopolite by heritage, but that’s where my Greekness stops. Having lived in the Australian bush for almost 20 years, I’m as Aussie as one can be.
I completed a Diploma of Fine Arts in 2008 at the Sydney Gallery School and an Advanced Diploma of Ceramics at the Gymea TAFE Ceramic Studio in 2010. Eventually the artistic path led me to the Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney University, where I am currently in my 2nd year of a Bachelor in Visual Arts Degree, majoring in Ceramics.
My artistic talents remained hidden for most of my life, although I had small glimpses every now and then since the age of about 12 years. It wasn’t until I was in my mid forties that I decided follow my inner urge for ceramics, by enrolling in a course at TAFE. That’s when I realised that there was something there that no one else in my entire family possessed. Anyhow, that was 9 years ago and a lot of water has flowed under the bridge since then.
Enough about me for now. In the posts to follow, I will be telling you a little about my past work and more about what I am currently working on.