Photographer's Note

The art of pottery is one of the most ancient Romanian crafts, as proved by the beautiful ceramic objects dating from the Neolithic era, the period of a blooming civilization.

Ceramic pots are painted using natural obtained colors, as it is known for generations.

Red is obtained from a high iron oxide concentrated soil (named �ruseala�) which can be found in the valleys, at a 2-3 meters depth. This soil is left to dry, it is grinded and then mixed with water, thus obtaining a dense liquid which is strained, resulting a glossy substance.

Black is also obtained from a special soil, which can be found after the rain.

Peasants obtain the green color by burning copper wires in the oven. The resulted slag is grinded and mixed with clay.

White is obtained from lime mixed with white stone, burnt and grinded.

Yellow can be obtained from Medgidia clay (in the south-east Romania), mixed with �ruseala�.

The colors of ceramic pots follow ancient traditions. Red ceramics from the South-West of the country has Roman influences. The yellow, green and white colors used in various centers indicate Byzantine traditions.

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