The Romanian Peasant’s Museum hosts between September 29 and October 2, 2011, at the Aquarium Hall, “Drumul Lutului” (Clay Road), the ceramic exhibition signed by folk artisans Maria and Gheorghe Iorga from Horezu, Valcea. The family tradition of the craft, the variety of products and working techniques bring the two ever closer together. Gheorghe Iorga prepares the clay, shapes it into “balls” and then moulds it, while Maria Iorga is entrusted with decorating the products. The items they make come in varied shapes: pots, bowls, ladles, jugs. These are decorated using specialized instruments. Various patterns and motifs – arabesques, rosettes, hooks, stars, roosters, peacock’s tails, fishes, crosses, rosebuds, snakes or wheat ears – are encrusted on the large and medium-large plates.
What distinguishes the Iorgas’ ceramics is the elegance of shapes and the shiny enamel. Chromatic harmony serves to highlight the rich imagery of the two folk artisans, transposed into clay shapes with faultless artistry and finesse.
Curator: Oana Halpern