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Alfarería

Alfarería

A partir de la arcilla en el torno de alfarero se fabrica la taza, como muestra este este video. La cerámica se produce con esta técnica en toda Eslovaquia y ldifieren por sus decoraciones según las regiones de donde provienen. El oeste de Eslovaquia es conocido por la cerámica de mayólica de la región de Modra y el este de Eslovaquia por la cerámica de la región de Pozdisovce.
Primero se prepara la base que  es la cabeza para lo que se corta un trozo de arcilla que se adhiera al torno. La parte inferior de la taza se expande con la presión, haciendo que desde el fondo de la taza el recipiente comience a elevarse. Conforme va subiendo el borde, se puede moldear (antes de que se pueda cortar el fondo). El interior es presionaldo y luego se aspira con una esponja de agua, para que la masa no se disuelva más tarde. La creación alcanza su forma final con una cuchilla y luego se alisa con la esponja. Finalmente se forma el orificio de vertido y se une el asa. Después de secar, la taza se cuece en un horno eléctrico a 950º centígrados. Tras la primera cocción, la taza es esmaltada, para lo que necesita una segunda cocción, en la que el esmalte se extiende para formar una fina capa vítrea.

  Country:  Toda Eslovaquia


Arte del vetro soffiato

Arte del vetro soffiato

L'arte del vetro soffiato è stata scoperta inizialmente nel Medio Oriente lungo la costa Fenicia nel 20 a.C. . Questa nuova tecnica ha spostato l'uso del vetro dalla gioielleria e dagli ornamenti a quello per la produzione di beni di prima necessità. 

Vasi e oggetti artistici in vetro soffiato vengono ancora prodotti sostanzialmente nello stesso modo impiegato originariamente.

Un tubo di ferro viene immerso nel vetro fuso e una piccola quantità di vetro fuso viene fatta roteare all'estremità del tubo. Il vetro viene ruotato contro una pala o un piatto di metallo per dargli una forma iniziale. Soffiando nel tubo si crea una bolla che viene modellata con pale in legno con buchi e fogli di giornale bagnati.  

Possono essere usate delle cesoie per tagliare il vetro morbido. Può essere aggiunto altro vetro fuso al quale si può dare forma di steli, manici e altre decorazioni. Il vetro ancora caldo può essere ulteriormente immerso in altro fuso di colore diverso. 

Tutti i tipi di vetro sono colorati attraverso l'aggiunta di metalli, ossidi di metalli o altri composti al vetro fuso.


  Country:  Europe


Cántaros de Lapithos

Cántaros de Lapithos

La artesanía de la cerámica esmaltada, que proviene de Bizancio, apareció en Paphos y Lapithos en el siglo XIV.
La materia prima para la cerámica era y continúa siendo la arcilla, que en el caso de la cerámica de Lapithos debe ser de muy buena calidad, libre de materias extrañas, pegajosa y fina. Este tipo de arcilla, que solo se puede encontrar en Lapithos, se llamaba' kouliastos', por la forma en que se procesa.
A principios del siglo XX, durante la Primera Guerra Mundial y el período posterior, el descenso del número de artesanos de Asia Menor produjo un hito en la historia de la fabricación de cerámica de Lapithos.
El arte de la cerámica está profundamente arraigado en Lapithos y está inseparablemente vinculado a sus habitantes. Algunos artesanos añaden a su firma en sus creaciones la profesión 'alfarero', ya que se consideraba un honor especial.

  Country:  Chipre


Cerámica de la Cartuja

Cerámica de la Cartuja

La porcelana andaluza se trabajó en el Monasterio de La Cartuja de Sevilla durante el siglo XIX. En la actualidad se fabrica en el municipio de Salteras.
Un total de 12 ceramistas trabajan el el proceso de creación de cada pieza,que abarca desde el diseño de la loza impresa,  la manipulación de la loza blanca de sílex, la decoración con barniz de calco, la pintura de la porcelana y la opacidad de la misma.
Técnica: una mezcla sólida se extiende sobre el molde y se seca. Se prepara una mezcla líquida y se inyecta en moldes de yeso para la primera cocción, a 1.120 grados durante 12 horas. A continuación, las piezas se bañan en un recipiente poroso líquido antes de decorarse. El color se fija con un segundo horneado entre 700 y 850 grados durante 20 horas, para luego sumergirse en esmalte blanco. Se hornea por última vez a 1.015 grados durante 12 horas. Se eliminan las rebabas y se pulen pequeñas imperfecciones.
Materiales principales: arcilla de Inglaterra, caolín de Burela, arena de Cádiz, carbonato de calcio, sílice y feldespato.

  Country:  Andalucía, España


Cerámica de la Cartuja - La Cartuja's ceramics

Cerámica de la Cartuja - La Cartuja's ceramics

Andalusian fine pottery worked in the Monastery of La Cartuja of Seville in the nineteenth century. Nowadays it is manufactured in Salteras.

A total staff of 12 ceramists create printed earthenware, white slabs of flint, earthenware decorated with calco varnish, painted and opaque porcelain.

Technique: a solid mixture is spread over the mould and dried. A liquid mixture is prepared and injected into plaster moulds for the first cooking, at 1.120 degrees for 12 hours. Then pieces are bathed in a liquid pore cap before being decorated. Colour is fixed with a second baked between 700 and 850 degrees for 20 hours, being immersed afterwards in white glaze. It is baked for the last time at 1.015 degrees for 12 hours. Burrs are removed and small imperfections are polished.

Main materials: clay from England, kaolin from Burela, sand from Cadiz, calcium carbonate, silica and feldspar.

  Country:  Andalusia, Spain


Cerámica de la Cartuja - La Cartuja's ceramics

Cerámica de la Cartuja - La Cartuja's ceramics

Andalusian fine pottery worked in the Monastery of La Cartuja of Seville in the nineteenth century. Nowadays it is manufactured in Salteras.

A total staff of 12 ceramists create printed earthenware, white slabs of flint, earthenware decorated with calco varnish, painted and opaque porcelain.

Technique: a solid mixture is spread over the mould and dried. A liquid mixture is prepared and injected into plaster moulds for the first cooking, at 1.120 degrees for 12 hours. Then pieces are bathed in a liquid pore cap before being decorated. Colour is fixed with a second baked between 700 and 850 degrees for 20 hours, being immersed afterwards in white glaze. It is baked for the last time at 1.015 degrees for 12 hours. Burrs are removed and small imperfections are polished.

Main materials: clay from England, kaolin from Burela, sand from Cadiz, calcium carbonate, silica and feldspar.

  Country:  Andalusia, Spain


Cerámica de la Cartuja - La Cartuja's ceramics

Cerámica de la Cartuja - La Cartuja's ceramics

Andalusian fine pottery worked in the Monastery of La Cartuja of Seville in the nineteenth century. Nowadays it is manufactured in Salteras.

A total staff of 12 ceramists create printed earthenware, white slabs of flint, earthenware decorated with calco varnish, painted and opaque porcelain.

Technique: a solid mixture is spread over the mould and dried. A liquid mixture is prepared and injected into plaster moulds for the first cooking, at 1.120 degrees for 12 hours. Then pieces are bathed in a liquid pore cap before being decorated. Colour is fixed with a second baked between 700 and 850 degrees for 20 hours, being immersed afterwards in white glaze. It is baked for the last time at 1.015 degrees for 12 hours. Burrs are removed and small imperfections are polished.

Main materials: clay from England, kaolin from Burela, sand from Cadiz, calcium carbonate, silica and feldspar.

  Country:  Andalusia, Spain


Cerámica de la Cartuja - La Cartuja's ceramics

Cerámica de la Cartuja - La Cartuja's ceramics

Andalusian fine pottery worked in the Monastery of La Cartuja of Seville in the nineteenth century. Nowadays it is manufactured in Salteras.

A total staff of 12 ceramists create printed earthenware, white slabs of flint, earthenware decorated with calco varnish, painted and opaque porcelain.

Technique: a solid mixture is spread over the mould and dried. A liquid mixture is prepared and injected into plaster moulds for the first cooking, at 1.120 degrees for 12 hours. Then pieces are bathed in a liquid pore cap before being decorated. Colour is fixed with a second baked between 700 and 850 degrees for 20 hours, being immersed afterwards in white glaze. It is baked for the last time at 1.015 degrees for 12 hours. Burrs are removed and small imperfections are polished.

Main materials: clay from England, kaolin from Burela, sand from Cadiz, calcium carbonate, silica and feldspar.

  Country:  Andalusia, Spain


Cerámica de la Cartuja - La Cartuja's ceramics

Cerámica de la Cartuja - La Cartuja's ceramics

Andalusian fine pottery worked in the Monastery of La Cartuja of Seville in the nineteenth century. Nowadays it is manufactured in Salteras.

A total staff of 12 ceramists create printed earthenware, white slabs of flint, earthenware decorated with calco varnish, painted and opaque porcelain.

Technique: a solid mixture is spread over the mould and dried. A liquid mixture is prepared and injected into plaster moulds for the first cooking, at 1.120 degrees for 12 hours. Then pieces are bathed in a liquid pore cap before being decorated. Colour is fixed with a second baked between 700 and 850 degrees for 20 hours, being immersed afterwards in white glaze. It is baked for the last time at 1.015 degrees for 12 hours. Burrs are removed and small imperfections are polished.

Main materials: clay from England, kaolin from Burela, sand from Cadiz, calcium carbonate, silica and feldspar.

  Country:  Andalusia, Spain


Cerámica de la Cartuja - La Cartuja's ceramics

Cerámica de la Cartuja - La Cartuja's ceramics

Andalusian fine pottery worked in the Monastery of La Cartuja of Seville in the nineteenth century. Nowadays it is manufactured in Salteras.

A total staff of 12 ceramists create printed earthenware, white slabs of flint, earthenware decorated with calco varnish, painted and opaque porcelain.

Technique: a solid mixture is spread over the mould and dried. A liquid mixture is prepared and injected into plaster moulds for the first cooking, at 1.120 degrees for 12 hours. Then pieces are bathed in a liquid pore cap before being decorated. Colour is fixed with a second baked between 700 and 850 degrees for 20 hours, being immersed afterwards in white glaze. It is baked for the last time at 1.015 degrees for 12 hours. Burrs are removed and small imperfections are polished.

Main materials: clay from England, kaolin from Burela, sand from Cadiz, calcium carbonate, silica and feldspar.

  Country:  Andalusia, Spain


Cerámica de La Rambla

Cerámica de La Rambla

La cerámica de La Rambla se caracteriza por su blancura y su arcilla porosa con una asombrosa capacidad para enfriar el contenido líquido de botijos, cuencos, frascos, botellas, etc. También se usa para hacer accesorios y utensilios de cocina, jardinería y construcciones, como azulejos y objetos de iluminación.
Técnica: la arcilla se extrae del suelo, se limpia de impurezas y se extiende bajo el sol. A continuación, se tamiza y se amasa, y luego se moldea con el torno creando las formas deseadas. Luego se seca y se cuece al horno a 1000º C. Finalmente, se vidria con cristal coloreado, se decora y se pule, terminándose con una segunda cocción.
El material principal es una tierra local, arcillosa, agua y sal. Los primeros hallazgos de potes con forma de campana realizados  en La Rambla (Córdoba) datan de la Edad del Bronce. Esta cerámica prehistórica se consolidó durante el período de ocupación árabe.
La fecha más emblemática de la historia de la cerámica de la Rambla es 1460, cuando se hace referencia a ella por primera vez.

  Country:  Córdoba, Andalucía, España


Cerámica de Paphos

Cerámica de Paphos

La cerámica en Chipre se remonta al período neolítico. Los hallazgos arqueológicos confirman que los habitantes ya estaban usando cerámica de arcilla en su vida cotidiana en esa época e incluso decoraron sus hogares con ella. Los artistas de entonces  ya sabían cómo hacer esmalte y habían desarrollado técnicas de pulido. La cerámica a menudo se decoraba con una variedad de pinturas y se usaban máscaras de cerámica en los rituales de las ceremonias religiosas. Se cree que las formas y patrones decorativos más impresionantes se inventaron durante los periodos  neolíticos temprano y medio. En dicho periodo también se generaron numerosas estatuillas tempranas de terracota, en su mayoría de forma femenina. Las figurillas de arcilla eran importantes en los santuarios sagrados y en los hogares.

  Country:  Chipre


Cerámica de Paphos

Cerámica de Paphos

La cerámica en Chipre se remonta al período neolítico. Los hallazgos arqueológicos confirman que los habitantes ya estaban usando cerámica de arcilla en su vida cotidiana en esa época e incluso decoraron sus hogares con ella. Los artistas de entonces  ya sabían cómo hacer esmalte y habían desarrollado técnicas de pulido. La cerámica a menudo se decoraba con una variedad de pinturas y se usaban máscaras de cerámica en los rituales de las ceremonias religiosas. Se cree que las formas y patrones decorativos más impresionantes se inventaron durante los periodos  neolíticos temprano y medio. En dicho periodo también se generaron numerosas estatuillas tempranas de terracota, en su mayoría de forma femenina. Las figurillas de arcilla eran importantes en los santuarios sagrados y en los hogares.

  Country:  Chipre


Ceramica polacca da Boleslawiec

Ceramica polacca da Boleslawiec

Per molto tempo, la ceramica è stata un prodotto di eccellenza nella città polacca di Boleslawiec (bassa Silesia). Prodotta sin dall'inizio del XIX secolo, il suo carattere originale ed unico non è affatto mutato nel corso del tempo.

Ogni ceramica è dipinta a mano o goffrata così che risulti essere originale ed unica. Tutti i prodotti sono formati e dipinti a mano e cotti a più di 1250°C.  

  Country:  Poland, Lower Silesia


Ceramica popolare da Chalupki

Ceramica popolare da Chalupki

Chalupki è un piccolo paese che si trova nella regione Swietokrzyskie. 

Esso è noto per le sue ceramiche non solo in Polonia ma in tutta Europa. 

La lavorazione della ceramica inizia a Chalupki nel sedicesimo secolo. Nel 1935, c'erano almeno 69 laboratori ma 40 anni dopo ne sono rimasti solo 40. La ormai rara tradizione della lavorazione delle ceramiche viene tramandata di generazione in generazione da intere famiglie. 


  Country:  Poland, Swietokrzyskie, Chalupki


Ceramiche nere di Marginea

Ceramiche nere di Marginea

Le ceramiche nere di Marginea sono uniche in Europa in quanto ottenute senza l'uso di colori. 


La tradizione della ceramica risale addirittura al 1500, proprio qui a Marginea (Bucovina, Contea di Suceava). 

Alcuni apprezzano il fatto che queste ceramiche provengano dalla Dacia, vista la loro presenza in siti archeologici neolitici. 

L'arte delle ceramiche è stata tramandata di generazione in generazione anche se al momento ne sono rimaste molte poche. 

Il loro segreto è nella cottura: verso la fine di questa fase, tutti gli ingressi della fornace sono chiusi e il fumo impregna la superfice dei vasi. 

In seguito c'è la fase di macinatura con pietra ricca di quarzo che conferisce alla ceramica una patina metallica notevole. 

La tecnica decorativa è tradizionale: i vasi sono lucidati con una pietra speciale e le tracce di grigio sulle pareti della del vaso sono unite con il nero metallico. 

A tale tecnica c'è l'aggiunta di motivi geometrici ed ornamenti come spirali, linee interrotte, rami di abete.


  Country:  Romania/Bucovina


Collane con perle Lemko - Krywulki

Collane con perle Lemko - Krywulki

Questi gioelli sono un prodotto unico della minoranza etinca Lemko nella regione Hutzul (Carpazi, zona sud-est della Polonia).
Le collane con perle prendono il nome di Krywulki, fatte o con un piccolo telaio o con ago, attraverso un lavoro meticoloso con perle di 2 millimetri messe a filo che richiede molta pazienza. Prima della guerra, le giovani donne benestanti portavano collane larghe 15 cm che in effetti somigliavano ad un collare. I meno facoltosi potevano permettersene uno più stretto, che indossavano con una camicetta ricamata o un corsetto. 

  Country:  Poland, Carpathian and Bieszczady mountain


Cristal glass manufacturing

Cristal glass manufacturing

Julia” Crystal Glass Factory is a prestigous trademark present on the world market for almost 200 years. As the productive branch of Kolglass Company, it manufactures products of highest quality, fully hand - made, characterized with the finesse of finishing. Our products shall meet the most refined tastes.

“Julia” specializes in the manufacturing of hand formed crystal glass, blown and pressed.  The company possess rich tradition in the process of glass manufacturing and usage of grinding, sandblasting, engraving and painting makes the products unique. The wide variety of multi-colored crystals with the unique hand-made manufacturing process distinguishes the company products.

  Country:  Poland, Lower Silesia


Cristal glass manufacturing

Cristal glass manufacturing

Julia” Crystal Glass Factory is a prestigous trademark present on the world market for almost 200 years. As the productive branch of Kolglass Company, it manufactures products of highest quality, fully hand - made, characterized with the finesse of finishing. Our products shall meet the most refined tastes.

“Julia” specializes in the manufacturing of hand formed crystal glass, blown and pressed.  The company possess rich tradition in the process of glass manufacturing and usage of grinding, sandblasting, engraving and painting makes the products unique. The wide variety of multi-colored crystals with the unique hand-made manufacturing process distinguishes the company products.

  Country:  Poland, Lower Silesia


Cristal glass manufacturing

Cristal glass manufacturing

Julia” Crystal Glass Factory is a prestigous trademark present on the world market for almost 200 years. As the productive branch of Kolglass Company, it manufactures products of highest quality, fully hand - made, characterized with the finesse of finishing. Our products shall meet the most refined tastes.

“Julia” specializes in the manufacturing of hand formed crystal glass, blown and pressed.  The company possess rich tradition in the process of glass manufacturing and usage of grinding, sandblasting, engraving and painting makes the products unique. The wide variety of multi-colored crystals with the unique hand-made manufacturing process distinguishes the company products.

  Country:  Poland, Lower Silesia


Cristal glass manufacturing

Cristal glass manufacturing

Julia” Crystal Glass Factory is a prestigous trademark present on the world market for almost 200 years. As the productive branch of Kolglass Company, it manufactures products of highest quality, fully hand - made, characterized with the finesse of finishing. Our products shall meet the most refined tastes.

“Julia” specializes in the manufacturing of hand formed crystal glass, blown and pressed.  The company possess rich tradition in the process of glass manufacturing and usage of grinding, sandblasting, engraving and painting makes the products unique. The wide variety of multi-colored crystals with the unique hand-made manufacturing process distinguishes the company products.

  Country:  Poland, Lower Silesia


Cristal glass manufacturing

Cristal glass manufacturing

Julia” Crystal Glass Factory is a prestigous trademark present on the world market for almost 200 years. As the productive branch of Kolglass Company, it manufactures products of highest quality, fully hand - made, characterized with the finesse of finishing. Our products shall meet the most refined tastes.

“Julia” specializes in the manufacturing of hand formed crystal glass, blown and pressed.  The company possess rich tradition in the process of glass manufacturing and usage of grinding, sandblasting, engraving and painting makes the products unique. The wide variety of multi-colored crystals with the unique hand-made manufacturing process distinguishes the company products.

  Country:  Poland, Lower Silesia


Cristal glass manufacturing

Cristal glass manufacturing

Julia” Crystal Glass Factory is a prestigous trademark present on the world market for almost 200 years. As the productive branch of Kolglass Company, it manufactures products of highest quality, fully hand - made, characterized with the finesse of finishing. Our products shall meet the most refined tastes.

“Julia” specializes in the manufacturing of hand formed crystal glass, blown and pressed.  The company possess rich tradition in the process of glass manufacturing and usage of grinding, sandblasting, engraving and painting makes the products unique. The wide variety of multi-colored crystals with the unique hand-made manufacturing process distinguishes the company products.

  Country:  Poland, Lower Silesia


Cristal glass manufacturing

Cristal glass manufacturing

Julia” Crystal Glass Factory is a prestigous trademark present on the world market for almost 200 years. As the productive branch of Kolglass Company, it manufactures products of highest quality, fully hand - made, characterized with the finesse of finishing. Our products shall meet the most refined tastes.

“Julia” specializes in the manufacturing of hand formed crystal glass, blown and pressed.  The company possess rich tradition in the process of glass manufacturing and usage of grinding, sandblasting, engraving and painting makes the products unique. The wide variety of multi-colored crystals with the unique hand-made manufacturing process distinguishes the company products.

  Country:  Poland, Lower Silesia


Demonstration of TOURROULAGE

Demonstration of TOURROULAGE

The video shows the technique of “tourroulage” used by Belgian artisans in order to create items with pottery, such as vases of different shapes and size. The technique consists in using few instruments, shaping the pottery only with hands and fingers. 

  Country:  Belgium


Demonstration of TOURROULAGE

Demonstration of TOURROULAGE

The video shows the technique of “tourroulage” used by Belgian artisans in order to create items with pottery, such as vases of different shapes and size. The technique consists in using few instruments, shaping the pottery only with hands and fingers. 

  Country:  Belgium


Demonstration of TOURROULAGE

Demonstration of TOURROULAGE

The video shows the technique of “tourroulage” used by Belgian artisans in order to create items with pottery, such as vases of different shapes and size. The technique consists in using few instruments, shaping the pottery only with hands and fingers. 

  Country:  Belgium


Demonstration of TOURROULAGE

Demonstration of TOURROULAGE

The video shows the technique of “tourroulage” used by Belgian artisans in order to create items with pottery, such as vases of different shapes and size. The technique consists in using few instruments, shaping the pottery only with hands and fingers. 

  Country:  Belgium


Demonstration of TOURROULAGE

Demonstration of TOURROULAGE

The video shows the technique of “tourroulage” used by Belgian artisans in order to create items with pottery, such as vases of different shapes and size. The technique consists in using few instruments, shaping the pottery only with hands and fingers. 

  Country:  Belgium


Demonstration of TOURROULAGE

Demonstration of TOURROULAGE

The video shows the technique of “tourroulage” used by Belgian artisans in order to create items with pottery, such as vases of different shapes and size. The technique consists in using few instruments, shaping the pottery only with hands and fingers. 

  Country:  Belgium


Dimostrazioni di TOURROULAGE

Dimostrazioni di TOURROULAGE

Il video mostra la tecnica del tourroulage usata dagli artigiani belgi per creare oggetti con la ceramica, come vasi di forme e misure diverse. La tecnica consiste nell'usare pochi strumenti e plasmare la ceramica con le mani e le dita. 


  Country:  Belgium


Folk pottery from Chalupki

Folk pottery from Chalupki

Chalupki is a small village located in the Swietokrzyskie region. The village is famous not only in Poland but also across Europe for its traditional of pottery. The beginnings of pottery in Chalupki dates back to the sixteenth century. In the year 1.935 there were as many as 69 pottery workshops, but 40 years later - only 40 workshops. The skills and pottery tradition are handed down from generation to generation. Usually whole families were engaged in this extremely rare craft.


  Country:  Poland, Swietokrzyskie, Chalupki


Folk pottery from Chalupki

Folk pottery from Chalupki

Chalupki is a small village located in the Swietokrzyskie region. The village is famous not only in Poland but also across Europe for its traditional of pottery. The beginnings of pottery in Chalupki dates back to the sixteenth century. In the year 1.935 there were as many as 69 pottery workshops, but 40 years later - only 40 workshops. The skills and pottery tradition are handed down from generation to generation. Usually whole families were engaged in this extremely rare craft.


  Country:  Poland, Swietokrzyskie, Chalupki


Folk pottery from Chalupki

Folk pottery from Chalupki

Chalupki is a small village located in the Swietokrzyskie region. The village is famous not only in Poland but also across Europe for its traditional of pottery. The beginnings of pottery in Chalupki dates back to the sixteenth century. In the year 1.935 there were as many as 69 pottery workshops, but 40 years later - only 40 workshops. The skills and pottery tradition are handed down from generation to generation. Usually whole families were engaged in this extremely rare craft.


  Country:  Poland, Swietokrzyskie, Chalupki


Folk pottery from Chalupki

Folk pottery from Chalupki

Chalupki is a small village located in the Swietokrzyskie region. The village is famous not only in Poland but also across Europe for its traditional of pottery. The beginnings of pottery in Chalupki dates back to the sixteenth century. In the year 1.935 there were as many as 69 pottery workshops, but 40 years later - only 40 workshops. The skills and pottery tradition are handed down from generation to generation. Usually whole families were engaged in this extremely rare craft.


  Country:  Poland, Swietokrzyskie, Chalupki


Folk pottery from Chalupki

Folk pottery from Chalupki

Chalupki is a small village located in the Swietokrzyskie region. The village is famous not only in Poland but also across Europe for its traditional of pottery. The beginnings of pottery in Chalupki dates back to the sixteenth century. In the year 1.935 there were as many as 69 pottery workshops, but 40 years later - only 40 workshops. The skills and pottery tradition are handed down from generation to generation. Usually whole families were engaged in this extremely rare craft.


  Country:  Poland, Swietokrzyskie, Chalupki


Folk pottery from Chalupki

Folk pottery from Chalupki

Chalupki is a small village located in the Swietokrzyskie region. The village is famous not only in Poland but also across Europe for its traditional of pottery. The beginnings of pottery in Chalupki dates back to the sixteenth century. In the year 1.935 there were as many as 69 pottery workshops, but 40 years later - only 40 workshops. The skills and pottery tradition are handed down from generation to generation. Usually whole families were engaged in this extremely rare craft.


  Country:  Poland, Swietokrzyskie, Chalupki


Glass painting

Glass painting

The pictures painted on the glass belonged to a typical manifestation of folk painting. Originally they portrayed religious and secular themes. Pictures of saints were thought to protect their owners. The secular images with the Jánošík's highwaymen group are original Slovak contribution to the European paintings on glass. The families who earned their living through making glass originally started to produce these paintings.

Thin glass is used for glass painting. The painter puts the graphic artwork under the glass and draws the contours of the main design, the more experienced painters paint without the graphic original. The contour lines are painted with thin brush and sparse black colour. After the contours dry, the details are painted, e.g. faces, then larger areas, and finally the background. Originally, the water-based tempera colors were used for the glass painting. To adhere better to the glass surface, the color was mixed with egg yolk or other ingredients. The current authors use special colors for glass or oil paint, which dry longer, but are more durable and beautiful. The self-made brushes made from the animal hair were originally used for the glass paint. Currently the purchased brushes are used.

  Country:  Central and Eastern Slovakia


Glass painting

Glass painting

The pictures painted on the glass belonged to a typical manifestation of folk painting. Originally they portrayed religious and secular themes. Pictures of saints were thought to protect their owners. The secular images with the Jánošík's highwaymen group are original Slovak contribution to the European paintings on glass. The families who earned their living through making glass originally started to produce these paintings.

Thin glass is used for glass painting. The painter puts the graphic artwork under the glass and draws the contours of the main design, the more experienced painters paint without the graphic original. The contour lines are painted with thin brush and sparse black colour. After the contours dry, the details are painted, e.g. faces, then larger areas, and finally the background. Originally, the water-based tempera colors were used for the glass painting. To adhere better to the glass surface, the color was mixed with egg yolk or other ingredients. The current authors use special colors for glass or oil paint, which dry longer, but are more durable and beautiful. The self-made brushes made from the animal hair were originally used for the glass paint. Currently the purchased brushes are used.

  Country:  Central and Eastern Slovakia


Glass painting

Glass painting

The pictures painted on the glass belonged to a typical manifestation of folk painting. Originally they portrayed religious and secular themes. Pictures of saints were thought to protect their owners. The secular images with the Jánošík's highwaymen group are original Slovak contribution to the European paintings on glass. The families who earned their living through making glass originally started to produce these paintings.

Thin glass is used for glass painting. The painter puts the graphic artwork under the glass and draws the contours of the main design, the more experienced painters paint without the graphic original. The contour lines are painted with thin brush and sparse black colour. After the contours dry, the details are painted, e.g. faces, then larger areas, and finally the background. Originally, the water-based tempera colors were used for the glass painting. To adhere better to the glass surface, the color was mixed with egg yolk or other ingredients. The current authors use special colors for glass or oil paint, which dry longer, but are more durable and beautiful. The self-made brushes made from the animal hair were originally used for the glass paint. Currently the purchased brushes are used.

  Country:  Central and Eastern Slovakia


Glass painting

Glass painting

The pictures painted on the glass belonged to a typical manifestation of folk painting. Originally they portrayed religious and secular themes. Pictures of saints were thought to protect their owners. The secular images with the Jánošík's highwaymen group are original Slovak contribution to the European paintings on glass. The families who earned their living through making glass originally started to produce these paintings.

Thin glass is used for glass painting. The painter puts the graphic artwork under the glass and draws the contours of the main design, the more experienced painters paint without the graphic original. The contour lines are painted with thin brush and sparse black colour. After the contours dry, the details are painted, e.g. faces, then larger areas, and finally the background. Originally, the water-based tempera colors were used for the glass painting. To adhere better to the glass surface, the color was mixed with egg yolk or other ingredients. The current authors use special colors for glass or oil paint, which dry longer, but are more durable and beautiful. The self-made brushes made from the animal hair were originally used for the glass paint. Currently the purchased brushes are used.

  Country:  Central and Eastern Slovakia


Glass painting

Glass painting

The pictures painted on the glass belonged to a typical manifestation of folk painting. Originally they portrayed religious and secular themes. Pictures of saints were thought to protect their owners. The secular images with the Jánošík's highwaymen group are original Slovak contribution to the European paintings on glass. The families who earned their living through making glass originally started to produce these paintings.

Thin glass is used for glass painting. The painter puts the graphic artwork under the glass and draws the contours of the main design, the more experienced painters paint without the graphic original. The contour lines are painted with thin brush and sparse black colour. After the contours dry, the details are painted, e.g. faces, then larger areas, and finally the background. Originally, the water-based tempera colors were used for the glass painting. To adhere better to the glass surface, the color was mixed with egg yolk or other ingredients. The current authors use special colors for glass or oil paint, which dry longer, but are more durable and beautiful. The self-made brushes made from the animal hair were originally used for the glass paint. Currently the purchased brushes are used.

  Country:  Central and Eastern Slovakia


Glass painting

Glass painting

The pictures painted on the glass belonged to a typical manifestation of folk painting. Originally they portrayed religious and secular themes. Pictures of saints were thought to protect their owners. The secular images with the Jánošík's highwaymen group are original Slovak contribution to the European paintings on glass. The families who earned their living through making glass originally started to produce these paintings.

Thin glass is used for glass painting. The painter puts the graphic artwork under the glass and draws the contours of the main design, the more experienced painters paint without the graphic original. The contour lines are painted with thin brush and sparse black colour. After the contours dry, the details are painted, e.g. faces, then larger areas, and finally the background. Originally, the water-based tempera colors were used for the glass painting. To adhere better to the glass surface, the color was mixed with egg yolk or other ingredients. The current authors use special colors for glass or oil paint, which dry longer, but are more durable and beautiful. The self-made brushes made from the animal hair were originally used for the glass paint. Currently the purchased brushes are used.

  Country:  Central and Eastern Slovakia


Horezu traditional ceramic vessel

Horezu traditional ceramic vessel

Horezu ceramics is a unique type of Romanian pottery that is traditionally produced around the town of Horezu in northern Oltenia (Vâlcea County). The craftsmanship of Horezu pottery was inscribed on UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists in December 2012. The techniques used to create the beautiful Horezu ceramics are coming from ancient times, more than 2000 years. The first video presents a potter and his family who shape, decorates and then burn a vassel.The process begins by bringing the reddish clay in the potter's workshop, where it is processed. The obtained paste is cleaned of impurities, is divided into balls and then worked on the wheel.Creating a pot requires a special technique and a high working speed because the paste should not dry.After modeling, the pots are left to dry for a few days in the shade and then burned in special ovens after they have been previously ornamented and eventually blushed.The dominant symbol of Horezu painted pots is the rooster along with we can meet other traditional symbols.The colours are vivid shades of dark brown, red, green, blue and ‘Horezu ivory’.

  Country:  Romania/Oltenia


Horezu traditional ceramic vessel

Horezu traditional ceramic vessel

Horezu ceramics is a unique type of Romanian pottery that is traditionally produced around the town of Horezu in northern Oltenia (Vâlcea County). The craftsmanship of Horezu pottery was inscribed on UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists in December 2012. The techniques used to create the beautiful Horezu ceramics are coming from ancient times, more than 2000 years. The first video presents a potter and his family who shape, decorates and then burn a vassel.The process begins by bringing the reddish clay in the potter's workshop, where it is processed. The obtained paste is cleaned of impurities, is divided into balls and then worked on the wheel.Creating a pot requires a special technique and a high working speed because the paste should not dry.After modeling, the pots are left to dry for a few days in the shade and then burned in special ovens after they have been previously ornamented and eventually blushed.The dominant symbol of Horezu painted pots is the rooster along with we can meet other traditional symbols.The colours are vivid shades of dark brown, red, green, blue and ‘Horezu ivory’.

  Country:  Romania/Oltenia


Horezu traditional ceramic vessel

Horezu traditional ceramic vessel

Horezu ceramics is a unique type of Romanian pottery that is traditionally produced around the town of Horezu in northern Oltenia (Vâlcea County). The craftsmanship of Horezu pottery was inscribed on UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists in December 2012. The techniques used to create the beautiful Horezu ceramics are coming from ancient times, more than 2000 years. The first video presents a potter and his family who shape, decorates and then burn a vassel.The process begins by bringing the reddish clay in the potter's workshop, where it is processed. The obtained paste is cleaned of impurities, is divided into balls and then worked on the wheel.Creating a pot requires a special technique and a high working speed because the paste should not dry.After modeling, the pots are left to dry for a few days in the shade and then burned in special ovens after they have been previously ornamented and eventually blushed.The dominant symbol of Horezu painted pots is the rooster along with we can meet other traditional symbols.The colours are vivid shades of dark brown, red, green, blue and ‘Horezu ivory’.

  Country:  Romania/Oltenia


Horezu traditional ceramic vessel

Horezu traditional ceramic vessel

Horezu ceramics is a unique type of Romanian pottery that is traditionally produced around the town of Horezu in northern Oltenia (Vâlcea County). The craftsmanship of Horezu pottery was inscribed on UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists in December 2012. The techniques used to create the beautiful Horezu ceramics are coming from ancient times, more than 2000 years. The first video presents a potter and his family who shape, decorates and then burn a vassel.The process begins by bringing the reddish clay in the potter's workshop, where it is processed. The obtained paste is cleaned of impurities, is divided into balls and then worked on the wheel.Creating a pot requires a special technique and a high working speed because the paste should not dry.After modeling, the pots are left to dry for a few days in the shade and then burned in special ovens after they have been previously ornamented and eventually blushed.The dominant symbol of Horezu painted pots is the rooster along with we can meet other traditional symbols.The colours are vivid shades of dark brown, red, green, blue and ‘Horezu ivory’.

  Country:  Romania/Oltenia


Horezu traditional ceramic vessel

Horezu traditional ceramic vessel

Horezu ceramics is a unique type of Romanian pottery that is traditionally produced around the town of Horezu in northern Oltenia (Vâlcea County). The craftsmanship of Horezu pottery was inscribed on UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists in December 2012. The techniques used to create the beautiful Horezu ceramics are coming from ancient times, more than 2000 years. The first video presents a potter and his family who shape, decorates and then burn a vassel.The process begins by bringing the reddish clay in the potter's workshop, where it is processed. The obtained paste is cleaned of impurities, is divided into balls and then worked on the wheel.Creating a pot requires a special technique and a high working speed because the paste should not dry.After modeling, the pots are left to dry for a few days in the shade and then burned in special ovens after they have been previously ornamented and eventually blushed.The dominant symbol of Horezu painted pots is the rooster along with we can meet other traditional symbols.The colours are vivid shades of dark brown, red, green, blue and ‘Horezu ivory’.

  Country:  Romania/Oltenia


Horezu traditional ceramic vessel

Horezu traditional ceramic vessel

Horezu ceramics is a unique type of Romanian pottery that is traditionally produced around the town of Horezu in northern Oltenia (Vâlcea County). The craftsmanship of Horezu pottery was inscribed on UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists in December 2012. The techniques used to create the beautiful Horezu ceramics are coming from ancient times, more than 2000 years. The first video presents a potter and his family who shape, decorates and then burn a vassel.The process begins by bringing the reddish clay in the potter's workshop, where it is processed. The obtained paste is cleaned of impurities, is divided into balls and then worked on the wheel.Creating a pot requires a special technique and a high working speed because the paste should not dry.After modeling, the pots are left to dry for a few days in the shade and then burned in special ovens after they have been previously ornamented and eventually blushed.The dominant symbol of Horezu painted pots is the rooster along with we can meet other traditional symbols.The colours are vivid shades of dark brown, red, green, blue and ‘Horezu ivory’.

  Country:  Romania/Oltenia


La Rambla ceramics

La Rambla ceramics

La Rambla pottery is a ceramic characteristic for its whiteness, and its porous clay with astonishing ability to cool the liquid content of botijos, bowls, jars, bottles, etc. It is also used Ffor making accessories for kitchenware, gardening and constructions, such as tiles and lighting elements.

Technique: the clay is obtained from the soil, cleaned of impurities and spread under the sun. Next, it is sieved and kneaded, and then molded by the lathe creating the desired shapes. Then it is dried and baked in the oven at 1000º C. Finally, it is glazed with colored glass, decorated and polished, and finished with a second cooking.

Main material is local ground pot, clay, water and salt.

First findings of bell-shaped glasses locally made in La Rambla (Cordoba) date from the Bronze Age. This prehistoric pottery got its consolidation during the period of Arab occupation. The most emblematic of the history of pottery from Rambla date is 1460, when first written reference. 

  Country:  Córdoba, Andalusia, Spain


La Rambla ceramics

La Rambla ceramics

La Rambla pottery is a ceramic characteristic for its whiteness, and its porous clay with astonishing ability to cool the liquid content of botijos, bowls, jars, bottles, etc. It is also used Ffor making accessories for kitchenware, gardening and constructions, such as tiles and lighting elements.

Technique: the clay is obtained from the soil, cleaned of impurities and spread under the sun. Next, it is sieved and kneaded, and then molded by the lathe creating the desired shapes. Then it is dried and baked in the oven at 1000º C. Finally, it is glazed with colored glass, decorated and polished, and finished with a second cooking.

Main material is local ground pot, clay, water and salt.

First findings of bell-shaped glasses locally made in La Rambla (Cordoba) date from the Bronze Age. This prehistoric pottery got its consolidation during the period of Arab occupation. The most emblematic of the history of pottery from Rambla date is 1460, when first written reference. 

  Country:  Córdoba, Andalusia, Spain


La Rambla ceramics

La Rambla ceramics

La Rambla pottery is a ceramic characteristic for its whiteness, and its porous clay with astonishing ability to cool the liquid content of botijos, bowls, jars, bottles, etc. It is also used Ffor making accessories for kitchenware, gardening and constructions, such as tiles and lighting elements.

Technique: the clay is obtained from the soil, cleaned of impurities and spread under the sun. Next, it is sieved and kneaded, and then molded by the lathe creating the desired shapes. Then it is dried and baked in the oven at 1000º C. Finally, it is glazed with colored glass, decorated and polished, and finished with a second cooking.

Main material is local ground pot, clay, water and salt.

First findings of bell-shaped glasses locally made in La Rambla (Cordoba) date from the Bronze Age. This prehistoric pottery got its consolidation during the period of Arab occupation. The most emblematic of the history of pottery from Rambla date is 1460, when first written reference. 

  Country:  Córdoba, Andalusia, Spain


La Rambla ceramics

La Rambla ceramics

La Rambla pottery is a ceramic characteristic for its whiteness, and its porous clay with astonishing ability to cool the liquid content of botijos, bowls, jars, bottles, etc. It is also used Ffor making accessories for kitchenware, gardening and constructions, such as tiles and lighting elements.

Technique: the clay is obtained from the soil, cleaned of impurities and spread under the sun. Next, it is sieved and kneaded, and then molded by the lathe creating the desired shapes. Then it is dried and baked in the oven at 1000º C. Finally, it is glazed with colored glass, decorated and polished, and finished with a second cooking.

Main material is local ground pot, clay, water and salt.

First findings of bell-shaped glasses locally made in La Rambla (Cordoba) date from the Bronze Age. This prehistoric pottery got its consolidation during the period of Arab occupation. The most emblematic of the history of pottery from Rambla date is 1460, when first written reference. 

  Country:  Córdoba, Andalusia, Spain


La Rambla ceramics

La Rambla ceramics

La Rambla pottery is a ceramic characteristic for its whiteness, and its porous clay with astonishing ability to cool the liquid content of botijos, bowls, jars, bottles, etc. It is also used Ffor making accessories for kitchenware, gardening and constructions, such as tiles and lighting elements.

Technique: the clay is obtained from the soil, cleaned of impurities and spread under the sun. Next, it is sieved and kneaded, and then molded by the lathe creating the desired shapes. Then it is dried and baked in the oven at 1000º C. Finally, it is glazed with colored glass, decorated and polished, and finished with a second cooking.

Main material is local ground pot, clay, water and salt.

First findings of bell-shaped glasses locally made in La Rambla (Cordoba) date from the Bronze Age. This prehistoric pottery got its consolidation during the period of Arab occupation. The most emblematic of the history of pottery from Rambla date is 1460, when first written reference. 

  Country:  Córdoba, Andalusia, Spain


La Rambla ceramics

La Rambla ceramics

La Rambla pottery is a ceramic characteristic for its whiteness, and its porous clay with astonishing ability to cool the liquid content of botijos, bowls, jars, bottles, etc. It is also used Ffor making accessories for kitchenware, gardening and constructions, such as tiles and lighting elements.

Technique: the clay is obtained from the soil, cleaned of impurities and spread under the sun. Next, it is sieved and kneaded, and then molded by the lathe creating the desired shapes. Then it is dried and baked in the oven at 1000º C. Finally, it is glazed with colored glass, decorated and polished, and finished with a second cooking.

Main material is local ground pot, clay, water and salt.

First findings of bell-shaped glasses locally made in La Rambla (Cordoba) date from the Bronze Age. This prehistoric pottery got its consolidation during the period of Arab occupation. The most emblematic of the history of pottery from Rambla date is 1460, when first written reference. 

  Country:  Córdoba, Andalusia, Spain


Lapithos water jars

Lapithos water jars

-The art of glazed pottery, which comes from Byzantium, appeared in Paphos and Lapithos in the 14th century AD.

The raw material for pottery was - and continues to this day to be - clay, which in the case of Lapithos pottery must be of very good quality, free of foreign matter, sticky and fine. This type of clay, which can only be found in Lapithos, was named kouliastos, from the way it is processed.

In the early 20th century, during World War I and the period after that, the descent of the Asia Minor craftsmen proved an important landmark in the history of Lapithos pottery making.

The art of pottery is deeply rooted in Lapithos and inseparably linked to the inhabitants. Some craftsmen would add the capacity “Potter” after their signature on their creations, as it was considered a special honour. 

  Country:  Cyprus


Lapithos water jars

Lapithos water jars

-The art of glazed pottery, which comes from Byzantium, appeared in Paphos and Lapithos in the 14th century AD.

The raw material for pottery was - and continues to this day to be - clay, which in the case of Lapithos pottery must be of very good quality, free of foreign matter, sticky and fine. This type of clay, which can only be found in Lapithos, was named kouliastos, from the way it is processed.

In the early 20th century, during World War I and the period after that, the descent of the Asia Minor craftsmen proved an important landmark in the history of Lapithos pottery making.

The art of pottery is deeply rooted in Lapithos and inseparably linked to the inhabitants. Some craftsmen would add the capacity “Potter” after their signature on their creations, as it was considered a special honour. 

  Country:  Cyprus


Lapithos water jars

Lapithos water jars

-The art of glazed pottery, which comes from Byzantium, appeared in Paphos and Lapithos in the 14th century AD.

The raw material for pottery was - and continues to this day to be - clay, which in the case of Lapithos pottery must be of very good quality, free of foreign matter, sticky and fine. This type of clay, which can only be found in Lapithos, was named kouliastos, from the way it is processed.

In the early 20th century, during World War I and the period after that, the descent of the Asia Minor craftsmen proved an important landmark in the history of Lapithos pottery making.

The art of pottery is deeply rooted in Lapithos and inseparably linked to the inhabitants. Some craftsmen would add the capacity “Potter” after their signature on their creations, as it was considered a special honour. 

  Country:  Cyprus


Lapithos water jars

Lapithos water jars

-The art of glazed pottery, which comes from Byzantium, appeared in Paphos and Lapithos in the 14th century AD.

The raw material for pottery was - and continues to this day to be - clay, which in the case of Lapithos pottery must be of very good quality, free of foreign matter, sticky and fine. This type of clay, which can only be found in Lapithos, was named kouliastos, from the way it is processed.

In the early 20th century, during World War I and the period after that, the descent of the Asia Minor craftsmen proved an important landmark in the history of Lapithos pottery making.

The art of pottery is deeply rooted in Lapithos and inseparably linked to the inhabitants. Some craftsmen would add the capacity “Potter” after their signature on their creations, as it was considered a special honour. 

  Country:  Cyprus


Lapithos water jars

Lapithos water jars

-The art of glazed pottery, which comes from Byzantium, appeared in Paphos and Lapithos in the 14th century AD.

The raw material for pottery was - and continues to this day to be - clay, which in the case of Lapithos pottery must be of very good quality, free of foreign matter, sticky and fine. This type of clay, which can only be found in Lapithos, was named kouliastos, from the way it is processed.

In the early 20th century, during World War I and the period after that, the descent of the Asia Minor craftsmen proved an important landmark in the history of Lapithos pottery making.

The art of pottery is deeply rooted in Lapithos and inseparably linked to the inhabitants. Some craftsmen would add the capacity “Potter” after their signature on their creations, as it was considered a special honour. 

  Country:  Cyprus


Lapithos water jars

Lapithos water jars

-The art of glazed pottery, which comes from Byzantium, appeared in Paphos and Lapithos in the 14th century AD.

The raw material for pottery was - and continues to this day to be - clay, which in the case of Lapithos pottery must be of very good quality, free of foreign matter, sticky and fine. This type of clay, which can only be found in Lapithos, was named kouliastos, from the way it is processed.

In the early 20th century, during World War I and the period after that, the descent of the Asia Minor craftsmen proved an important landmark in the history of Lapithos pottery making.

The art of pottery is deeply rooted in Lapithos and inseparably linked to the inhabitants. Some craftsmen would add the capacity “Potter” after their signature on their creations, as it was considered a special honour. 

  Country:  Cyprus


Manufacturing of "Teste di Moro" in Caltagirone's pottery

Manufacturing of "Teste di Moro" in Caltagirone's pottery

The video shows the different stages of production of the famous and precious "Teste di Moro", a typical piece of Sicilian handcraft. The process consists in different steps: the first step consists in giving shape to the creation and this happens through two important steps: turning and modelling. The second step is the drying: each piece after taking shape is left to expel all the water contained in the clay and when it is completely dry it will pass to the first firing in the oven for about 13 hours. After the first firing, all the pieces are painted and retouched by taking a white colour. Once the painting is finished, the pieces are ready to pass into the hands of the decorators, who will give colour and style to the creation. The last step is the second firing in the oven and it is the most important phase where everything acquires brightness, thus enhancing colours and shapes.

  Country:  Sicily, Italy


Manufacturing of "Teste di Moro" in Caltagirone's pottery

Manufacturing of "Teste di Moro" in Caltagirone's pottery

The video shows the different stages of production of the famous and precious "Teste di Moro", a typical piece of Sicilian handcraft. The process consists in different steps: the first step consists in giving shape to the creation and this happens through two important steps: turning and modelling. The second step is the drying: each piece after taking shape is left to expel all the water contained in the clay and when it is completely dry it will pass to the first firing in the oven for about 13 hours. After the first firing, all the pieces are painted and retouched by taking a white colour. Once the painting is finished, the pieces are ready to pass into the hands of the decorators, who will give colour and style to the creation. The last step is the second firing in the oven and it is the most important phase where everything acquires brightness, thus enhancing colours and shapes.

  Country:  Sicily, Italy


Manufacturing of "Teste di Moro" in Caltagirone's pottery

Manufacturing of "Teste di Moro" in Caltagirone's pottery

The video shows the different stages of production of the famous and precious "Teste di Moro", a typical piece of Sicilian handcraft. The process consists in different steps: the first step consists in giving shape to the creation and this happens through two important steps: turning and modelling. The second step is the drying: each piece after taking shape is left to expel all the water contained in the clay and when it is completely dry it will pass to the first firing in the oven for about 13 hours. After the first firing, all the pieces are painted and retouched by taking a white colour. Once the painting is finished, the pieces are ready to pass into the hands of the decorators, who will give colour and style to the creation. The last step is the second firing in the oven and it is the most important phase where everything acquires brightness, thus enhancing colours and shapes.

  Country:  Sicily, Italy


Manufacturing of "Teste di Moro" in Caltagirone's pottery

Manufacturing of "Teste di Moro" in Caltagirone's pottery

The video shows the different stages of production of the famous and precious "Teste di Moro", a typical piece of Sicilian handcraft. The process consists in different steps: the first step consists in giving shape to the creation and this happens through two important steps: turning and modelling. The second step is the drying: each piece after taking shape is left to expel all the water contained in the clay and when it is completely dry it will pass to the first firing in the oven for about 13 hours. After the first firing, all the pieces are painted and retouched by taking a white colour. Once the painting is finished, the pieces are ready to pass into the hands of the decorators, who will give colour and style to the creation. The last step is the second firing in the oven and it is the most important phase where everything acquires brightness, thus enhancing colours and shapes.

  Country:  Sicily, Italy


Manufacturing of "Teste di Moro" in Caltagirone's pottery

Manufacturing of "Teste di Moro" in Caltagirone's pottery

The video shows the different stages of production of the famous and precious "Teste di Moro", a typical piece of Sicilian handcraft. The process consists in different steps: the first step consists in giving shape to the creation and this happens through two important steps: turning and modelling. The second step is the drying: each piece after taking shape is left to expel all the water contained in the clay and when it is completely dry it will pass to the first firing in the oven for about 13 hours. After the first firing, all the pieces are painted and retouched by taking a white colour. Once the painting is finished, the pieces are ready to pass into the hands of the decorators, who will give colour and style to the creation. The last step is the second firing in the oven and it is the most important phase where everything acquires brightness, thus enhancing colours and shapes.

  Country:  Sicily, Italy


Manufacturing of "Teste di Moro" in Caltagirone's pottery

Manufacturing of "Teste di Moro" in Caltagirone's pottery

The video shows the different stages of production of the famous and precious "Teste di Moro", a typical piece of Sicilian handcraft. The process consists in different steps: the first step consists in giving shape to the creation and this happens through two important steps: turning and modelling. The second step is the drying: each piece after taking shape is left to expel all the water contained in the clay and when it is completely dry it will pass to the first firing in the oven for about 13 hours. After the first firing, all the pieces are painted and retouched by taking a white colour. Once the painting is finished, the pieces are ready to pass into the hands of the decorators, who will give colour and style to the creation. The last step is the second firing in the oven and it is the most important phase where everything acquires brightness, thus enhancing colours and shapes.

  Country:  Sicily, Italy


Manufacturing of "Teste di Moro" in Caltagirone's pottery

Manufacturing of "Teste di Moro" in Caltagirone's pottery

The video shows the different stages of production of the famous and precious "Teste di Moro", a typical piece of Sicilian handcraft. The process consists in different steps: the first step consists in giving shape to the creation and this happens through two important steps: turning and modelling. The second step is the drying: each piece after taking shape is left to expel all the water contained in the clay and when it is completely dry it will pass to the first firing in the oven for about 13 hours. After the first firing, all the pieces are painted and retouched by taking a white colour. Once the painting is finished, the pieces are ready to pass into the hands of the decorators, who will give colour and style to the creation. The last step is the second firing in the oven and it is the most important phase where everything acquires brightness, thus enhancing colours and shapes.

  Country:  Sicily, Italy


Manufacturing of Gille Masks

Manufacturing of Gille Masks

The Binche Carnival is the most famous carnival event in Belgium. There is evidence of Binche Carnival since 1395, when people used to meet around a bonfire the day of Marti Gras to celebrate the winter’s end, but the Carnival as we know it today goes back to 1500. The traditional character is the “Gille”, a peasant mask, worn by everyone in Marti Gras and that costume is totally handmade. In the video there is an example of the manufacturing of Gille masks. The artisan explains that he uses the basic mold in order to give the mask the right form. Then, he paints on the masks the typical moustache and the glasses. 

  Country:  Belgium


Manufacturing of Gille Masks

Manufacturing of Gille Masks

The Binche Carnival is the most famous carnival event in Belgium. There is evidence of Binche Carnival since 1395, when people used to meet around a bonfire the day of Marti Gras to celebrate the winter’s end, but the Carnival as we know it today goes back to 1500. The traditional character is the “Gille”, a peasant mask, worn by everyone in Marti Gras and that costume is totally handmade. In the video there is an example of the manufacturing of Gille masks. The artisan explains that he uses the basic mold in order to give the mask the right form. Then, he paints on the masks the typical moustache and the glasses. 

  Country:  Belgium


Manufacturing of Gille Masks

Manufacturing of Gille Masks

The Binche Carnival is the most famous carnival event in Belgium. There is evidence of Binche Carnival since 1395, when people used to meet around a bonfire the day of Marti Gras to celebrate the winter’s end, but the Carnival as we know it today goes back to 1500. The traditional character is the “Gille”, a peasant mask, worn by everyone in Marti Gras and that costume is totally handmade. In the video there is an example of the manufacturing of Gille masks. The artisan explains that he uses the basic mold in order to give the mask the right form. Then, he paints on the masks the typical moustache and the glasses. 

  Country:  Belgium


Manufacturing of Gille Masks

Manufacturing of Gille Masks

The Binche Carnival is the most famous carnival event in Belgium. There is evidence of Binche Carnival since 1395, when people used to meet around a bonfire the day of Marti Gras to celebrate the winter’s end, but the Carnival as we know it today goes back to 1500. The traditional character is the “Gille”, a peasant mask, worn by everyone in Marti Gras and that costume is totally handmade. In the video there is an example of the manufacturing of Gille masks. The artisan explains that he uses the basic mold in order to give the mask the right form. Then, he paints on the masks the typical moustache and the glasses. 

  Country:  Belgium


Manufacturing of Gille Masks

Manufacturing of Gille Masks

The Binche Carnival is the most famous carnival event in Belgium. There is evidence of Binche Carnival since 1395, when people used to meet around a bonfire the day of Marti Gras to celebrate the winter’s end, but the Carnival as we know it today goes back to 1500. The traditional character is the “Gille”, a peasant mask, worn by everyone in Marti Gras and that costume is totally handmade. In the video there is an example of the manufacturing of Gille masks. The artisan explains that he uses the basic mold in order to give the mask the right form. Then, he paints on the masks the typical moustache and the glasses. 

  Country:  Belgium


Manufacturing of Gille Masks

Manufacturing of Gille Masks

The Binche Carnival is the most famous carnival event in Belgium. There is evidence of Binche Carnival since 1395, when people used to meet around a bonfire the day of Marti Gras to celebrate the winter’s end, but the Carnival as we know it today goes back to 1500. The traditional character is the “Gille”, a peasant mask, worn by everyone in Marti Gras and that costume is totally handmade. In the video there is an example of the manufacturing of Gille masks. The artisan explains that he uses the basic mold in order to give the mask the right form. Then, he paints on the masks the typical moustache and the glasses. 

  Country:  Belgium


Manufacturing of Gille Masks

Manufacturing of Gille Masks

The Binche Carnival is the most famous carnival event in Belgium. There is evidence of Binche Carnival since 1395, when people used to meet around a bonfire the day of Marti Gras to celebrate the winter’s end, but the Carnival as we know it today goes back to 1500. The traditional character is the “Gille”, a peasant mask, worn by everyone in Marti Gras and that costume is totally handmade. In the video there is an example of the manufacturing of Gille masks. The artisan explains that he uses the basic mold in order to give the mask the right form. Then, he paints on the masks the typical moustache and the glasses. 

  Country:  Belgium


Marginea black pot

Marginea black pot

Marginea black pottery is unique in Europe. Its emblem being the black colour ceramic that is obtained without the use of paints.

Tradition of pottery is old at Marginea (Bucovina, Suceava County), descending to 1500. Some authors appreciate that the black ceramics at Marginea is a Dacian heritage, given the presence of this type of pottery in some Geto-Dacian and Neolithic archaeological sites.

The handcraft of black ceramics has been passed along generations, and now there are only few potters in Marginea.

The "secret" of black ceramics lies in the way of burning. Thus, towards the end of the burning, all the openings of the furnace are closed, and the burning continues to be stifled, the smoke impregnating the surface of the vessels. Grinding with a quartz-rich stone gives a great metallic gloss.

The decoration technique is a traditional one: the pots are polished with a special stone, the traces of the gray on the walls of the pot is mixed with their metallic black.

To this technique is added the use of geometrical motifs and ornaments: spirals, broken lines, fir branches.

  Country:  Romania/Bucovina


Marginea black pot

Marginea black pot

Marginea black pottery is unique in Europe. Its emblem being the black colour ceramic that is obtained without the use of paints.

Tradition of pottery is old at Marginea (Bucovina, Suceava County), descending to 1500. Some authors appreciate that the black ceramics at Marginea is a Dacian heritage, given the presence of this type of pottery in some Geto-Dacian and Neolithic archaeological sites.

The handcraft of black ceramics has been passed along generations, and now there are only few potters in Marginea.

The "secret" of black ceramics lies in the way of burning. Thus, towards the end of the burning, all the openings of the furnace are closed, and the burning continues to be stifled, the smoke impregnating the surface of the vessels. Grinding with a quartz-rich stone gives a great metallic gloss.

The decoration technique is a traditional one: the pots are polished with a special stone, the traces of the gray on the walls of the pot is mixed with their metallic black.

To this technique is added the use of geometrical motifs and ornaments: spirals, broken lines, fir branches.

  Country:  Romania/Bucovina


Marginea black pot

Marginea black pot

Marginea black pottery is unique in Europe. Its emblem being the black colour ceramic that is obtained without the use of paints.

Tradition of pottery is old at Marginea (Bucovina, Suceava County), descending to 1500. Some authors appreciate that the black ceramics at Marginea is a Dacian heritage, given the presence of this type of pottery in some Geto-Dacian and Neolithic archaeological sites.

The handcraft of black ceramics has been passed along generations, and now there are only few potters in Marginea.

The "secret" of black ceramics lies in the way of burning. Thus, towards the end of the burning, all the openings of the furnace are closed, and the burning continues to be stifled, the smoke impregnating the surface of the vessels. Grinding with a quartz-rich stone gives a great metallic gloss.

The decoration technique is a traditional one: the pots are polished with a special stone, the traces of the gray on the walls of the pot is mixed with their metallic black.

To this technique is added the use of geometrical motifs and ornaments: spirals, broken lines, fir branches.

  Country:  Romania/Bucovina


Marginea black pot

Marginea black pot

Marginea black pottery is unique in Europe. Its emblem being the black colour ceramic that is obtained without the use of paints.

Tradition of pottery is old at Marginea (Bucovina, Suceava County), descending to 1500. Some authors appreciate that the black ceramics at Marginea is a Dacian heritage, given the presence of this type of pottery in some Geto-Dacian and Neolithic archaeological sites.

The handcraft of black ceramics has been passed along generations, and now there are only few potters in Marginea.

The "secret" of black ceramics lies in the way of burning. Thus, towards the end of the burning, all the openings of the furnace are closed, and the burning continues to be stifled, the smoke impregnating the surface of the vessels. Grinding with a quartz-rich stone gives a great metallic gloss.

The decoration technique is a traditional one: the pots are polished with a special stone, the traces of the gray on the walls of the pot is mixed with their metallic black.

To this technique is added the use of geometrical motifs and ornaments: spirals, broken lines, fir branches.

  Country:  Romania/Bucovina


Marginea black pot

Marginea black pot

Marginea black pottery is unique in Europe. Its emblem being the black colour ceramic that is obtained without the use of paints.

Tradition of pottery is old at Marginea (Bucovina, Suceava County), descending to 1500. Some authors appreciate that the black ceramics at Marginea is a Dacian heritage, given the presence of this type of pottery in some Geto-Dacian and Neolithic archaeological sites.

The handcraft of black ceramics has been passed along generations, and now there are only few potters in Marginea.

The "secret" of black ceramics lies in the way of burning. Thus, towards the end of the burning, all the openings of the furnace are closed, and the burning continues to be stifled, the smoke impregnating the surface of the vessels. Grinding with a quartz-rich stone gives a great metallic gloss.

The decoration technique is a traditional one: the pots are polished with a special stone, the traces of the gray on the walls of the pot is mixed with their metallic black.

To this technique is added the use of geometrical motifs and ornaments: spirals, broken lines, fir branches.

  Country:  Romania/Bucovina


Marginea black pot

Marginea black pot

Marginea black pottery is unique in Europe. Its emblem being the black colour ceramic that is obtained without the use of paints.

Tradition of pottery is old at Marginea (Bucovina, Suceava County), descending to 1500. Some authors appreciate that the black ceramics at Marginea is a Dacian heritage, given the presence of this type of pottery in some Geto-Dacian and Neolithic archaeological sites.

The handcraft of black ceramics has been passed along generations, and now there are only few potters in Marginea.

The "secret" of black ceramics lies in the way of burning. Thus, towards the end of the burning, all the openings of the furnace are closed, and the burning continues to be stifled, the smoke impregnating the surface of the vessels. Grinding with a quartz-rich stone gives a great metallic gloss.

The decoration technique is a traditional one: the pots are polished with a special stone, the traces of the gray on the walls of the pot is mixed with their metallic black.

To this technique is added the use of geometrical motifs and ornaments: spirals, broken lines, fir branches.

  Country:  Romania/Bucovina


Master ceramist

Master ceramist

Master ceramist Damián Ponce was born in 1951. He is the owner of a workshop located in the Cordovan village of Castro del Río since 1975. When he was 19 years old, he decided to turn his passion into his profession, and he began to study ceramics. He was part of the Andalusian Federation of Artisans, where he transmitted a new concept of crafts with humbleness. In 2014 he was awarded the Master Artisan Card by the Andalusian Government for his career as an artisan. In his workshop, he manufactures unique ceramics pieces, of which the most popular are his replicas of ‘Las Meninas’ (‘The Ladies-in-Waiting’).

  Country:  Spain/Andalusia/Cordova


Master ceramist

Master ceramist

Master ceramist Damián Ponce was born in 1951. He is the owner of a workshop located in the Cordovan village of Castro del Río since 1975. When he was 19 years old, he decided to turn his passion into his profession, and he began to study ceramics. He was part of the Andalusian Federation of Artisans, where he transmitted a new concept of crafts with humbleness. In 2014 he was awarded the Master Artisan Card by the Andalusian Government for his career as an artisan. In his workshop, he manufactures unique ceramics pieces, of which the most popular are his replicas of ‘Las Meninas’ (‘The Ladies-in-Waiting’).

  Country:  Spain/Andalusia/Cordova


Master ceramist