Anastasia Kandaraki

Published: 24.06.2022


Anastasia Kandaraki is a jewelry artist, educator, founder of Anamma Studio and co-founder & partner of Athens Jewelry Week. She holds a MFA in Contemporary Jewelry and Body Ornament from Alchimia Jewelry School in Florence, mentored by Lucy Sarneel and a BA in contemporary jewelry mentored by Manfred Bischoff. Her work has formed part of exhibitions in various countries in Europe, USA, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Australia. Currently, she lives and works in Athens, where she creates, teaches and organises  jewelry seminars and exhibitions.


About Gestures of Clamping:
Limited edition of 15 jewelry pieces inspired by industrial devices. An attempt to illustrate and also handle the overall feeling during the coronaviruslockdown. Jewelry, made of steel, which serves as a symbol of restraint, safety and support, yet constricts in a rigid, strict position and thus creates a sense of immobility, atrophy, suffocation.


The knowledge of the world is identical to the dissolution of its consistency - Ovid

By exploring the properties of materials through a process of continuous deconstruction and reconstruction, I attempt to understand the nature of existence and, thus, of the world. This work at the limits is also a means to probe what I am and what I am not – and perhaps what we all can be.

Tradition and preciousness are important to me. Coming from a family of goldsmiths, I have a deep respect for traditional techniques; yet I have been trying to use them in my own personal way. You see, I don’t believe preciousness is only related to the value of the material. I think it is mostly dependant on the story and symbolism a piece of jewelry carries.

I draw my inspiration from everyday life and my surroundings, as well as social interactions and human values. I am usually working with hard materials: silver, steel, bone and wood. Their resistance, durability, toughness and the traces of corrosion found on them, are qualities that truly fascinate me and are often reflected on my work.

I consider jewelry as something intimate; as a channel of communication with oneself; as a link between our physical and emotional existence. But jewelry also operates as a social statement made by its wearer, as a form of interaction between body and space, individuals and society.

With this in mind, I create three-dimensional objects that function as an extension of the human body. Jewelry pieces inspired by people, for people. And by constantly questioning the nature of existence, as well as that of jewelry, I move on.


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Fair  10 Nov 2020 - 15 Nov 2020  Athens Jewelry Week 2020.
Exhibition  05 Jun 2020 - 10 Jul 2020  Site Effects: Jewelry on both sides of the Atlantic in Baltimore.
Exhibition  17 Apr 2020 - 31 May 2020  IM-MÀ-GI-NÀ: The jewellery artists' works and their notebooks.
Fair  11 Mar 2020 - 15 Mar 2020  Schmuck 2020.
Exhibition  17 Jan 2020 - 29 Feb 2020  Site Effects: Jewelry on both sides of the Atlantic.
Exhibition  18 Aug 2019 - 31 Oct 2019  33rd Marzee International Graduate Show.
Galerie Marzee
Exhibition  02 Apr 2019 - 18 May 2019  Come & See: The days after Munich.
Exhibition  13 Mar 2019 - 16 Mar 2019  Popeye Loves Olive Art Space in Munich.
Exhibition  27 Feb 2019 - 09 Mar 2019  Symbiosis.
Solo exhibition, Eos Gallery, Athens, Greece
Exhibition  09 Jun 2018 - 10 Jun 2018  Transition.
WG Kunst Art Space, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Exhibition  09 Jun 2018 - 10 Jun 2018  Transition: MFA Work Process Show 2018.
Fair  23 May 2018 - 30 May 2018  Athens Jewelry Week 2018.
Open call  05 Jan 2018 - 19 Jan 2018  Athens Jewelry Week 2018 Call for Applications.
Exhibition  21 Aug 2017 - 03 Sep 2017  Time Form Radiant Pavilion-Melbourne contemporary jewelry & object biennale, Australia.
Fair  18 May 2017 - 21 May 2017  Athens Jewelry Week 2017.
Open call  23 Nov 2016 - 30 Jan 2017  Athens Jewelry Week 2017 Call for applications.
Fair  29 Jun 2016 - 03 Jul 2016  Athens Jewelry Week 2016.
Exhibition  24 Feb 2016 - 28 Feb 2016  A Tribute to Manfred Bischoff.
Exhibition  06 Feb 2016 - 03 Apr 2016  Unclasped.
Hellenic Museum of Melbourne, Australia
Exhibition  03 Feb 2016 - 15 May 2016  New Territories.
Ilias Lalounis Jewelry Museum, jewelry exhibition, Athens, Greece
Exhibition  02 Jul 2015 - 05 Jul 2015  Is that jewelry?.
Exhibition  18 Jun 2010 - 10 Jul 2010  Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School: Final exhibitions.

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Book:  Schmuck 2020 Catalogue. Handwerkskammer für München und Oberbayern:  Munich,  2020
Catalogue:  Site Effects. 2020
Catalogue:  Marzee International Graduate Show. Galerie Marzee:  2019
Catalogue:  Athens Jewelry Week. 2016
Catalogue:  New Territories Exhibition. 2016
Catalogue:  Weaving the sea. Medneta Exhibition. 2015
Catalogue:  Symbols Exhibition. 2014
Catalogue:  A Jewel made in Greece. 2014
Book:  Skin to Skin. Lark Books:  2012
Book:  500 Rings. Lark Books:  2012
Catalogue:  Mediterraneo International exhibition of contemporary jewellery. 2011
Catalogue:  Grassimesse Leipzig. 2010