Black ceramics

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The pottery is assured by the Romanian people's continuity in this territory, the pottery tradition existing since the Dacian age to nowadays. The ceramics articles distinguish through the forms' elegance and the decoration.

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The traditional ceramics is shaped at the wheel. Its burning is usually made in horizontal stoves through two techniques: with oxidation and without oxidation. As a result it is obtained the red and the black ceramics. The folkloric pottery totalizes a series of traditional elements marked by the life conditions and by the evolution of the aesthetic taste.

In Moldavia, a great variety of forms can be encountered where one may observe types characteristic to the old Greek-Roman ceramics. The decoration of the ceramics vases is sober and the chromatics is reduced to a few main colours, which gives the ceramics from this region, a special feature. Highly appreciated are the vases from black ceramics made at Marginea in Suceava County (black ceramics, stone polished) and Deleni (Iasi).

In Maramures region, Lapusul Romanesc is a well-known area for its ceramics, considered to be a synthesis of the Romanian ceramics forms' evolution. Objects of black ceramics as well as objects of brush painted ceramics can be admired here. Another pottery centre in Maramures is at Sacel where it is made red unpolished ceramics.

Still in Transylvania, centres known for the art of the ceramics are at Vama (Satu Mare), Leheceni and Corund (enameled ceramics, richly decorated) while in Wallachia, at Musatesti (13 km distance of Curtea de Arges), Valsanesti, Stroesti, Poienita, Obaga (in Oltenia).

But the most representative pottery centre from Romania is however at Horezu (Valcea County), a centre with permanent ethnographical exhibitions and traditional fairs as "Cocosul de Hurez" fair, annualy organized (3-5 June) that hosts craftsmen from different centres of traditional ceramics from all over Romania.