SJS Designs Ceramic workshop & Gallery

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SJS Designs Ceramic workshop & Gallery

SJS Designs Ceramic workshop & Gallery
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Situated at the foot of the Acropolis in Plaka, Athens is where you will find Sofia & Dimitri on a daily basis hand painting pottery that was once used in the every day life of the ancient Greeks. Their Gallery/Workshop displays a number of works from them (SJS Designs) as well as other local artisans creations in bronze, crystal, marble, silver and other. A warm and friendly atmosphere.
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Neighborhood: Plaka
Due to its proximity to the Acropolis, Plaka remains the area where the majority of foreign visitors stay and play. Its attractive features include small squares, some notable museums and the beautiful Mitropolis cathedral, as well as a host of places to stay, eat and drink. Its pedestrian zones make it a pleasant place to escape from the city’s notorious traffic. Adrianou and Kidathineon Streets contain a number of souvenir shops, offering classier items than you will find in the Flea Market. The most rewarding section to explore is the upper reaches towards the Acropolis itself, where many old stone houses with tiled roofs have survived. Up here you can find leafier corners and the odd quaint taverna with unobstructed views of the ancient rock.
How to get there
  • Akropoli • 5 min walk
  • Neos Kosmos • 8 min walk
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Nikarete
Birmingham, UK1 contribution
Friends
I stumbled across this delightful place several years ago, and instantly knew it was a bit special. A studio selling real works of art made on the premises, not mass produced tourist tat. You can tell the quality instantly. The potter and his wife are true artists, and I spent a long time chatting with him. When I asked to buy an unpainted pot and decorate it myself, he was only too happy to give me advice about what kind of paints and glaze to use. I'm planning a trip to Athens again next year, and will definitely be visiting them again, and buying more pots. Hopefully they will like the way I decorated the exquisite kylix and oinochoe I bought there.
Written August 2, 2014
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Christine M
Cold Lake, Canada95 contributions
Family
A few years ago while in Greece I came upon this shop in the placa and fell in love with there work. I decided to buy three pieces from them. I was back packing at the time and could not bring the pieces back with me. I left my request for what I wanted and they sent them home for me. They were very friendly, knowledgable and do excellent work. When my pieces arrived I was so excited to unwrap them. They turned out just beautiful, they were exactly what I wanted. No disappointment, and no damage from the long journey to me. To this day I am so glad I got them. I keep them on my dresser and admire the beautiful artistic work every day.
Written August 10, 2015
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globetrotter108
Los Angeles62 contributions
My buddy and I visited the shop and really enjoyed learning about the craft from Dimitri. The quality is top notch, items are unique, and the packaging is great. I really enjoyed my Corinthian piece and will remember my visit to SJS with pleasant memories.
Written July 29, 2015
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SteveK62
Brisbane, Australia48 contributions
Couples
Looking for a well made replica of Ancient Greek art, this is the place. We enjoyed talking to Dimitri and saw our piece being hand painted. It arrived safe and sound in Australia a short time later .
Written May 28, 2015
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Mlj01
9 contributions
Couples
A significant cut above all the other shops which were selling similar but clearly mass produced copies of Ancient Greek pottery. All pottery produced in shop and hand painted. Owner was friendly and knowledgable. Only issue is their email server is faulty so unable to communicate post transaction.
Written August 20, 2014
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Ed T
Margate, UK1 contribution
Friends
The owner/artist was delightful, I left with a beautiful vase. Looking around the shop itself is like a museum. Wonderful
Written April 18, 2014
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StevefromNorthLakes
Brisbane, Australia463 contributions
Couples
Like some other travellers we stumbled upon the workshop while wandering around Plaka after dinner one night. Stopped in to have a look and spoke with Dimitri only to find out he was originally from Melbourne (Australia). We ended up spending an hour of so getting an education in Greek history and enjoying a laugh. In the end we were blown away by the quality of the ceramics and the story that each one tells. We selected our preferred designs and Dimitri is shipping them to Australia for us. This was one of those 'lucky breaks' for us and we now have quality mementos of our trip to Greece. Thanks Dimitri and all the best to you and your family.
Written November 23, 2018
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mike e
Toronto, Canada279 contributions
Family
I have travelled extensively throughout Europe over many years and everywhere I have been I check out original artwork. While heading out for dinner in Plaka we came across a beautiful little shop where Dimitri the owner was busy working. Having a little bit of an artistic background I was more than curious, so we stopped and chatted. The work coming out of this shop is truly original and although they reproduce works from centuries ago in the same fashion I would recommend anyone interested in 'real' modern replica work in the ancient Greek style to look around ask questions and purchase contemporary treasures.
Written August 22, 2015
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Susan
Australian Capital Territory, Australia56 contributions
Solo
Friendly staff, owner Dimitri is an Australian Greek. Great selection of upmarket art and craft. The ceramics are beautiful, lovely jewellery and bronze work
Written July 10, 2015
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ronhale007
Perry Hall, MD1 contribution
Business
This shop is great.We went there in june 2014 and bought a hand made[ onsite] snake handle vase.The vase was BEAUTIFUL in everyway and was delivered as promised without any breakage.It arrived ontime.We are greatful the owner took so good care of us.We highly recommend to anyone. Ron Hale
Written October 30, 2014
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