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Romanian black pottery from Marginea – uniqueness and mastery

black pottery, marginea
In a village in Bucovina, called Marginea, there is a treasure hidden in the skillful hands of potters. The treasure is their skill in creating black pottery vessels of great beauty.
TypeWorkshop, Shop, Museum
Visiting
Hours
Daily, 9:00 – 19:00
Ticket
Price
Free
LocationMarginea, Suceava, Romania, Europe

Black pottery from Marginea – unique in the world

In a village in Bucovina, Romania, called Marginea, there is a treasure hidden in the hands of potters. The treasure is their skill in creating black pottery vessels of great beauty.

The craft of creating black ceramic pots is special and not very common. The black ceramic from Marginea is famous mainly due to its black color obtained following an ancient burning technique without adding anything to the clay paste.

The legend of the Dacian potter

The legend has it that the Black Pottery from Marginea is due to a Dacian potter whose oven was broken while he had ceramic pots, to be burned, inside it. Due to the high temperature, the potter could not get close to the cupboard and let it cool overnight. In the morning he went to the oven and all the dishes were black due to the smoke that had entered the pores of the dishes, resulting in very beautiful black dishes. Since then, potters from Marginea have used this method to obtain black pottery.

Ethnographic Museum in Marginea

At Marginea there is also an ethnographic museum with various objects from Bucovina, especially from the Radauti area.

In the museum, you can admire folk costumes, hand-woven rugs, ceramic objects, fabrics, braids, wicker baskets, bead necklaces, fried eggs, beaded eggs.