Romanian pottery at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford

The folk craftsman Cornel Sitar will offer a demonstration of traditional pottery, on Saturday, at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, within the “The Lost World of Old Europe” international exhibition. Participants will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make their own traditional clay pots. Cornel Sitar takes part in this manifestation at the invitation of the Ratiu Foundation in Great Britain and in collaboration with the Romanian Peasant’s Museum in Bucharest, the foundation announces through the Romanian Cultural Centre in London. The folk artisan Cornel Sitar was born in the Baia Mare area, where he was taught the art of pottery by his parents. He has been working at the potter’s wheel since 1962, when he was 13. In 1978 he started working in the workshop he inherited from his parents. Gradually, pottery and the manufacturing of ceramic artefacts became not only a family business, but also a life style by which the secrets of this ancient craft are passed on to the next generation. The exhibition titled “The Lost World of Old Europe”, running from May to August 15 in the oldest British museum, the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology of the University of Oxford, brought, for the first time in the United Kingdom, 175 archaeological pieces of exceptional value, dating from the neo-Eneolithic, from the collections of 19 Romanian museums. Thus, one may see exhibited, for the first time in Britain, “the Thinker of Hamangia”, the famous Cucuteni pots, as well as gold jewellery and remarkable ceramic artefacts, traces of the prehistoric civilizations formed in the lower Danube area.

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