Transylvania Ceramics presented to tourists

In Transylvania, the pottery appeared around 1500 ac (although archaeologists have discovered pieces of pottery – scraps – dating from the Neolithic) as a necessity for people to store food in pots. Then, this craft also offered the possibility to obtain some important financial gains, the clay-fired ceramics having a great demand in the area. Only 10 km away from Bran (where Dracula’s Castle location) lies the fortified town of Rasnov, where there was a need for many vessels for domestic use.

By its geographical location, Bran was surrounded by forests, numerous creeks crossed it, and its clay soil constituted the third element of the “magical triangle”: clay, water, fire, without which there can not be pottery.

Being placed at crossroads, with neighbors who needed the pots and its rocks, Bran and its inhabitants, thrived along centuries; their craft was refined and “distilled” over time, and the fact that they produced a unique ceramics in the world, the black ceramics, allowed them to “investigate” artistic approaches more than the utility of the product.

Ceramics was made in many areas of Romania being a strong center of pottery, but Bran won any confrontation with the competition, its models being of rare expression and pure beauty, the craftsmen here proving refinement in the design of shapes and ornaments.

Starting from the ceramic necessity in the household (it is impossible to imagine the kitchen and the kitchen storeroom, no more than a hundred years ago, without ceramic pots), which impelled the development of society, at Bran artistic ceramics or “luxury,” as some think, has thrived, with figurines turned into bibble.

But, irrespective of utility, the potters from Bran knew how to preserve, for a few centuries, the secrets of their craft, expanded and adapted them to every stage of history, and, as a supreme gift, they struggled together with the clay, have purified themselves in one fire: the love of freedom, because they have never been free and possessed by their fate. Considering the “rebels” and free thinkers, which was not far from the truth, the Communists forbade the Bran inhabitants to practice the craft which consecrated them, the pottery, and then, when they realized that this measure might return against them, gathered them into a craftsmanship cooperative, where various pots of black ceramics were produced. With typical times, black marble by Bran managed to bring its message across the country, and the new post-communist era gave her the freedoms that she lacked, although the craftsmanship and ceramics of today are no longer an attraction just as great for the tourist started to roam over the seas and countries.

Bran Ceramics was “born” between legends and myths, “fed” them, and, in turn, it generated legends and myths, so that other generations of pots can draw inspiration from them and thus, close the circle. The surrounding nature lives on the black ceramic pots, the stories of love and betrayal are in the street, there is almost no speech, word or feeling that does not have the equivalent, at Bran, in a ceramic pot. Here‘s why it is important to visit this locality!

In order to feel the taste of the above story, you can acquire a Candle Stick or a Mug, original products manufactured in Bran, Transylvania region, Romania.


About Transylvania Pottery

Transylvania Pottery is already a well-known brand all over the world. In Transylvania, the beginning of pottery is set by historians around 1500. The pottery appeared as a necessity for people to store the obtained products. Fired clay pots have contributed to the development of primitive society through the possibility of storing food and preparing it. Imagine your kitchen or pantry without these everyday objects. By the nature of the geographical location, Transylvania is surrounded by forests, it has clayey soil and it is crossed by numerous rivers, these being the basic conditions for this craft where the clay, water and fire form a magical triangle. Before the communism’s persecution, in Bran area (a Transylvanian locality, well-known as Dracula’s town) were at least 60 pottery families, according to an old potter who has travel all over the world to present his handicraft.

During Communism, the possession of a potter’s wheel was considered a crime and many potters had to give up this craft or practice it secretly. Much later, the Communists attempted to exploit this craft for propaganda and attempted to re-launch it in a cooperative form, even trying to mechanize this exclusive handicraft by introducing the power-operated wheeled wheel and mechanical mixers. The pottery products presented by CB Trading preserves tradition, all production phases being manual.

The Black ceramics of Transylvania – Dacian heritage

For lovers of history and beauty, pursuing this craft in time and space can be a tremendous preoccupation. Black ceramic is a testimony of the Dacian origins. It can be seen today only in pottery workshops in Transylvania, Romania, Europe.

After modeling, the vessels follow their old road for thousands of years: they were once burned in large 1.5 m pitches, like a cone with the top up. A smaller hole was digged, communicating through a channel with the first and in which the fire was made, a fire that led to the red dye of the vessels in the big pit. At this time, the pots were covered with a thick layer of damp clay, thus climbing the channel between the two pits; burning but continuing without oxygen, the pots get the gray or black color.

This technique has been preserved until today, with some changes: the earth is brought by the potter  from edge of the village, but the pots are now burned in the oven, closed at the top and at the mouth of the fire. Fir trees sit on the walls of the workshops. Like the Dacians, the master cracked the clay with his bare hands, after he dipped it with water. He then chooses a bullet of earth, puts it on the wheel, and everything begins to turn, until the craftsman’s eyes read the satisfaction of the work done.

The shapes of the vessels are also from ancient times: the high pot, the large pot with two toes, the various sizes, the pots with gloves. The decoration technique is the traditional one: the pots are polished with a special stone, the traces of the gray on the walls of the vessel still mixed with their metallic black.

To this technique is added the use of geometrical motifs and ornaments: spirals, frank lines, fir branches. That’s how the craftsmen are here, traders and lovers of the new. A handful of people who continue to turn the wheel and burn clay pots in the furnace, like their ancestors.