About Melina Xenaki
Feral animals between ancient motifs; pots with bizarre protrusions and joined long necks, pots unearthed, pots discovered in a shipwreck in the middle of the Aegean. My latest body of work “Kri-Kri” consists of hand-built forms that echo an archaic functionality and resonate the raw and authentic beauty of Early Bronze Age ritualistic pots of the mediterranean; The significance of the bird, the Minoan obsession with the glorious bull, the scorching, everlasting sun. I focus on hand-building, the making method I find most satisfying, which allows me to marry the animal & the plant world with my pots. Constant glaze experimentation is at the centre of my practice, enriching my sgraffito patterns, bringing colour and texture on the black clay surface.
After completing her BA at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, Surrey, Melina moved to London in 2012 to start her MA at the Royal College of Art. After graduating she joined Glebe Road Studios, a well established shared space run by independent makers in Hackney.
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