Romania is a really magical place where every dream comes true. Only here, people tend to manifest in all areas. The best character that describes Romanian people is perseverance. With a lot of determination and some of imagination, they are ready to surprise all planet.
Today, Romania is very famous thanks to special ceramic works and some of them are selling on the international market. We talk about Horezu, Bucovina and Maramures, parts of Romania, which are special by their gorgeous homemade ceramics pieces.
Horezu ceramics is a unique type of Romanian pottery that is traditionally produced by hand around the town of Horezu in northern Oltenia, close to the famous Horezu Monastery. It reflects many generations of knowledge and skills development of ceramics, which is why the mastery of Horezu pottery was inscribed on UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists on December 2012.
Production is divided into male and female fabrication processes. Men extract the earth, which is then cleaned, cut, watered, kneaded, trampled and mixed – transforming it into red clay that potters form in a special finger technique requiring concentration. The women decorate the shaped ceramics before firing with special techniques and tools in order to draw traditional motifs. Women are more qualified in combining decoration and color determines the personality and uniqueness of these pieces. Most colors are bright shades of brown, red, green, blue and so called “Horezu ivory”. Today this craftsmanship is transmitted as always in the family circle, but also in workshops from master to beginner, and crockery festivals and exhibitions.
Also, travelers can find ceramics exhibition in Maramures, Sacel Village. Sacel is very visited by tourists for its fabulous “Dacian ceramics”, one of the oldest types of ceramics preserved in Romania. This craftsmanship was saved in Sacel for over 2000 years and was transmitted from generation to generation.
The Sacel pots are manufactured in the same style as the Dacian style. The most remarkable fact is that craftsmen are manufactured and decorated using mineral elements. On the masterpieces of pottery visitors can find simple and resemble natural elements like the flow of water, the sun, the line of life, drawings of men, folklore motifs.
The craftsmen assures everybody that the ceramic art will never be forgotten. The secrets of good crafts will be transmitted to the next generations.
In Bucovina, tourists can find the unique possibility to admire and explore The Black Ceramics of Marginea village that is already a well-known brand all over the world.
Craftsmen are telling that the beginning of pottery at Marginea started in 1500. Crockery appeared due to the necessity of maintain food. The folkloric pottery gathers traditional elements marked by the life conditions and by the evolution of the aesthetic taste. In Moldova there is much variety in the ceramics forms and characteristics of the old Greek-Roman ceramics are also present. The decoration of the ceramics vases is sparing and the chromatic is reduced to a few main colors, which gives the ceramics from this region, a special feature.
Discover these lovely areas of Romania and be sure that the traditional Romanian pottery is among the most beautiful in Europe. Don`t forget to get your loved one a ceramic gift from your vacation in Romania.