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Wired Pots

Monika Hanulikova / Wired Pots

Decorative Wares

Wired Pots

I also produce wired pots according to the Czech and Slovak folk craft called “drátování” which I learnt at a course in Zadní Třebaň (Czech Republic). After completing the course, I earned my badge and became a fully fledged “dráteník”.

Prior to wiring, I throw my pots on the potter’s wheel.  Once fired, I add coloured copper or zinc wires to the pot, depending on the glaze and contrast I want to achieve. The process requires a lot of patience. Depending on the pattern, it can take 1 to 3 hours (for a small pot).

The history of “drátování” dates back to the beginning of the 18th century. Thousands of men (dráteníci) from poor villages in northwestern Slovakia went out into the world with a wooden backpack filled with wire and a leather tool bag over their shoulders, often accompanied by young apprentices called “džarci”.

Every year they walked the same route, from village to village and repaired ceramic pots, sold mousetraps, made kitchen utensils from wire and soldered tin dishes.

During their travels, they ventured to many European countries and other continents. Their products were in great demand, and some became successful entrepreneurs and employed many people; however, with the onset of industrial production, the craft entered a period of decline, and by the middle of the 20th century, it disappeared completely.

Nowadays, very few artisans use this extraordinary technique, and I am proud to count myself among them.

Date

January 1, 2024

Tags

Design, Digital, Information

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