academic painter - ceramist
DEAR COLLEAGUES ARTISTS
AND ALL FRIENDS
The village of Zlakusa, situated not far from Uzice would not
be different than many other villages in our country if it is
not for a detail which singles it out. Households in Zlakusa
have been producing ceramics (pottery) in an old, traditional
way, for more than 300 years. The technological process of ceramics
manufacturing which is very similar to a prehistoric one is
also applied today and it is exceptionally interesting.
15 years ago, when I for the first time encountered the pottery
products from Zlakusa I realized all the richness and cultual
value of such a way of ceramics manufacturing. To allow this
old, traditional handicraft fade away, would be an unforgivable
sin towards us, to world and especially to future generations.
It is difficult to remain indifferent in this moment and not
to feel pride in front of the fact that The First International
Colony of Fine Art Ceramics in Zlakusa starts its living. By
organizing the colony of ceramics, artists, art historians and
archaeologists have been given a chance to get to know old,
traditional materials, tools and method of making objects of
clay and on the other hand, by enetering new ideas, modern trends
and poetics, to obtain a union of old, authentic and new, contemporary
All hard work, efforts and difficulties which organization of
such a happening demands seem insignificant to me compared to
satisfaction I feel because of successful work of the colony.
In front of you there is a part of exhibits born in The First
International Colony of Fine Art Ceramics "Zlakusa 96".
About 200 works have been produced, the part of which you will
have an opportunity to see at the exhibitions all over the country.
Because of exceptional importance which this event has for Yugoslav
culture and therefore for our region as well, and for the possibility
of introducing world publicity with some of the last handicraftsmen
- keepers of an ancient tradition, who are a living link of
this region with a far past and preservation of such a wealth,
once again I have to emphasize an enormous gratitude, on my
personal behalf and on behalf of ULUU to The Municipality of
Uzice, The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Serbia, The
Ministry of Science and Technology of the Republic of Serbia,
The Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, The Monument Museum
"Kadinjaca", hosts in Zlakusa whithout whose support
this colony would not exist. Then I would like to express my
gratitude to the colleagues artists, without their presence
the colony would lose sence, and to many sponsors, without whose
help the whole happening would have been much more modest.
And one great thanks to all of you who helped to carry out the
idea and concept of the project of The International Colony
of Fine Art Ceramics "Zlakusa", hoping it will become
a traditional one.