Pottery is one of the oldest crafts in our country. Archeologists have discovered objects as old as the Neolithic. The most famous of them are the ones from Cucuteni.
It was a hard labour, any mistake has as a result the complete destruction of the pot and this was the reason only men did it. Women only helped with adorning the objects. The raw material was clay and the instrument was a potter’s wheel. Pottery requires a lot of skill and speed, because clay dries very quickly. Some of the objects are made in less than a minute. After they are moulded, they are left to dry in the shade for a few days and then they are burnt in a special oven, after being adorned.
Depending on the way ceramics are burnt, the objects can be black or red. The black ones are polished with a special stone, while the red ones can be painted, scratched with ornamental motifs or cords can be applied on the paste. For painting, the craftsmen use natural colours. The motifs can be geometrical ones, symbols (like the sun),plants, animals (the rooster is typical for the famous Horezu pottery).
Not only pots and dishes are made this way, but also toys, musical instruments, objects for domestic or ritual purposes, for decorating the house (this is a traditional way to decorate rooms in the countryside) or architectural elements. We hope this craft will never die, although not many are willing to learn it. But, as you can see in the video, some young people are quite keen on it. 🙂
Class 8A from School 92, Bucharest