It’s called #шарене . I took videos of this traditional patterning while visiting Yordan Kmetski’s studio in Sofia, Bulgaria. And just like other counties in the Balkans that share similar slip decoration techniques, all patterns are mostly done by women. Check out one of @potsinaction recent videos of Romanian pottery. Here goes a little history I was able to gather and educate myself. It’s funny how I never raised a question how these pots are made even though I ate out of them or use them for cooking every day. They are in part of the traditional set in each Bulgarian household 🏡 ***History lesson
“The ancient Thracians who used to live in what is Bulgaria today, replaced the manual pottery making with the pottery wheel in 7-6 c. BC. Given brisk trade and cultural contacts with classical Hellas, Thracian pottery displayed some influences from the Hellenic masters. With the migration of the Slavs and Proto-Bulgarians to the Balkans, the legacy of the Thracian pottery was diversified.”
“Close to two centuries after the Bulgarian state in the Balkans was founded in 681, skilled potters in the capital of Veliki Preslav became famous for their decorative ceramics. Their articles are impressive with the techniques used and their style of decoration placing among the best medieval fictile masterpieces. In 12-14 c. ceramic art in Bulgaria developed even faster. Some of its characteristics include floral elements, geometric shapes while the depiction of animal and human figures was rare. Color-wise, the green, yellow, ochre and brown hints dominate. During the first centuries of Ottoman rule, pottery faced a major decline in the Bulgarian lands. Starting in 17 c. however, it began to recover and develop anew. In 1911 a ceramic school opened doors in the town of Troyan, Central Northern Bulgaria, today Prof. Venko Kolev National High School of Applied Art.”
Thank you “Bulgarian National Radio” for the resourceful information!
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