Russian Handicrafts: Gzhel
“Do you recognize it from a thousand” — it’s about Gzhel. Pale blue petals and patterns on a white background you will never be confused with anything.
2 may 2019 09:49
The village of Gzhel in the Moscow region has long been considered a pottery center: here, made pottery, and once in the area found gray clay, began to produce pollutans.
“The product is painted with colored inks, and recognizable blue-and-white Gzhel began to develop since 1946, – says Sergey Simonov, main artist Gzhel porcelain factory. – Gzhel made from liquid porcelain mass. The product dries day, after which it is calcined at 850 degrees, painted with oxide of cobalt, and on top of glaze again and put into an oven for eight hours. At 1350 degrees, the glaze becomes transparent and the porcelain is durable. Gzhel cools the whole day. The finishing touch – quality control.
To see the process with your own eyes during the excursion at the Gzhel porcelain factory (weekdays entry per week). Also worth a visit are the Museum at the factory “Association Gzhel”, which contains more than two thousand exhibits. Here at the master-class learn to sculpt or paint products.