Sotis Filippides Greek, b. 1963


Sotis Filippides was born in Greece and completed a degree at Athens School of Ceramics before moving to the UK to learn English.

Sotis's career began while he was at ceramic college here and was brave enough to approach Liberty's, London who gave him his first commission, since then his career has gone from strength-to-strength.

For the last 7 years Sotis has worked from his studio in Fulham, London. Naturally impatient by nature, Sotis likes to work quickly in clay on the wheel, throwing, firing and colouring every individual piece with his own unique style and process, sometimes plating the pieces in 24-carat liquid gold from Italy. Using clay from the home of pottery, Stoke-on-Trent, he is able to produce works with a very fine yet textured finish which are surprisingly light in weight and yet which appear heavy and made from another material such as wood or stone.

Working with simple shapes, Sotis believes people should be able to recognise and identify with each piece. He prefers matt glazes and natural oxides, such as copper and iron, and colours which reflect his inspirations: tree bark; black volcanic rock; the colour of the sky in his native Greece, and the whiteness of the buildings.

There is a free, meditative and rich quality to Sotis's work which perhaps stems from his avid refusal to accept commissions. 'I must be happy with my work in itself,' he says, 'it has to be something I want to do or I don't think it will come out right.'

Sotis works with many leading interiors designers such as David Linley, the Conran Shop and Harrods and is a selected member of the Craft Potters Association. He has been invited to do a demonstration for Tate Modern and his ultimate ambition is to have a solo exhibition there. It may just happen…


Sotis Filippides has been shown and represented exclusively in St Ives and Cornwall by the Porthminster Gallery since 2021.