Zilina: Wire Crafted Pottery


Munich, Germany

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Wire Crafted Pottery on a stall at a market/festival in 2005.

Wire craft was developed by itinerant tinkers who went from door to door repairing kitchenware and making and selling a variety of items from wire and, later, also sheet metal.At the end of the 19th century wire craft was practised in more than 150 communities in northwest Slovakia. Some wire craft workers operated only within Slovakia but others travelled beyond the borders of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and took a trade that had begun as a local phenomenon to nearly all the continents.

Additional information "The reason for developing this craft was using pottery in old village households. Covering pottery with wire net gave it more protection and durability. Slovak tinkers did not have their workshops; they mainly wandered throughout Slovakia, but also across the world. They carried their work tools – wire, pieces of sheet, pincers, hammer, and some of their products in special wooden backpack-like cases. They came into towns offering their services or sat on the side of the road close to the town entrances, waiting for the people who wanted to have their pottery protected with the wire net or their old metal vessels mended. But they also produced decorative pieces of art. They were very skilled and on their way to work they got as far as to China.

I have a small jug in my personal collection which I got as present much later.

Location: Zilina, Republic of Slovakia
Nikon D70, Sigma 18-200, f/4.2, 1/100s, 95 mm, ISO 200

3 Features – thank you to the hosts!
European Everyday Life, Nikon DSLR, At The Market

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