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The land of wooden churches, mythological richness, impressive landscapes and very ancient customs

Ceramics

Since immemorial times, earth, water and fire came alive in the hands of the craftsmen from Maramures. The clay has given birth to recipients of sheer and heathen beauty, having different shapes, painted with natural colors and burnt in traditional kilns. The ceramics from Sacel is made of very good quality clay, extracted from wells 15-17m deep. By the shape of the pots, the decorative elements and work techniques, such as the red burning and the stone polishing, this ceramics closely resemble the Dacian one. The kiln, however, is of Roman origin.

The pots are made at the wheel, decorated, polished with a stone, laid out to dry, then stored in boxes until a considerable number of them are made. Finally they are burnt in the kiln without being enameled. Today, pottery is still practiced in Sacel using the same ancient techniques.

Other types of ceramics in Maramures are the enameled ones from Vama and Lăpuș, the ceramics ceramics of neo-Byzantine influence from Iza Valley and the ceramics decorated with paint brush, from Baia Mare and Baia Sprie.

Thus, the potter's wheel from Maramures gave life and freshness to the well water and taste to the food on the tables of these region's houses.