PROJECT: Experimental archaeology
- Traditional Production of Ceramics
Popović-Živančević, museum councilor-conservator
Vesna Svoboda, collaborator od DIANA Centre
obtained during participation in two workshops - one on art
ceramics and the other on experimental archaeology, had inspired
me to think about possibilities of reconstructing the techniques
and technologies of archaeological and ethnological ceramics,
with an aim of preservation and promotion of cullural heritage,
as well as the creation of direct connection between tradition
and contemporary artistic ceramics. Apart from this, they were
also good examples, favoring the project of Experimental Archaeology
- Traditional production of ceramics.
Workshop in Zlakusa
The first experience initiating these thoughts of mine was participation
in lnternational Colony of Art Ceramics in "Zlakusa 98".
Zlakusa is a village near town of Užice, well-known for its
high-quality ceramics, of authentic production technology and
technique (use of potter’s wheel, with material made of local
red clay and grained calcite, in proportion of 1:1, and using
open fire, on temperature 650 -750 C). This working method of
Zlakusa potters is still surviving after 300 years.
Bunardžić, ceramics designer, had a capability to understand,
in a visionary way, the richness and cultural value of this
ethnographic ceramics. ln 1996 she founded the lnternational
Colony of Art Ceramics in Zlakusa, as part of a large ethnological
project of preservation of this prehistoric ceramics technique
and potters of Zlakusa.
then, this Colony had eight gatherings and 200 artists from
our country and abroad as participants, with their number increasing
every year. Direct cooperation of these artists with the potters,
as well as creation of modern ceramic objects using this authentic
ceramics technique in a spirit of old craftsmanship, influences
the preservation and promotion of our cultural heritage.
Centre for Preventive Conservation - National Museum Belgrade,
Number 9, 2003/2004, p. 120)