I am Ioannis Assiouras and I was born in Athens, Greece in 1970. I grew up in Athens’ city centre where I lived until my 30s. I knew from a very early age that I would follow a craft as a professional path, but it wasn’t until my 20s when I realised that what truly excited me was jewellery making.
I studied classic silversmithing at the 4th T.E.S State School for two years. I immediately developed a special interest in carving, which was initially expressed in wax carving. For my performance during my studies I was awarded by the Greek Association of Goldsmiths, on the Celebration of the 4.000 years of Greek Goldsmithing.
I also graduated from the Glyptographic School of ELKA and developed my carving skills on semi-precious stone, wood and bone. My teacher in Glyptography and Gemmography was the last of the modern masters of Glyptography, Nikolaos Keltiis Lamprinidis.
I established my own workshop in Athens, in Psiri Square in 1992. I was mainly creating my own jewellery and supplied shops in Athens and on the Greek islands. Over the same period I undertook commissions and made wax carving models for various workshops. I always enjoyed attending Art & Craft workshops on woodcarving, pottery and porcelain.
Since 2001 and for fourteen years I lived in the beautiful island of Evia. My family and I relocated in Norwich, UK in 2015. I still create jewellery with passion and spend my free time with my two sons which I adore.