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Would you like to decorate your house with pottery that you made yourself? Would you like to serve a nice dinner and be proud to use plates and bowls created by your own hands? Maybe you already know how to produce pottery but would like to improve your skills, learn other techniques or patterns? Then our master classes are right for you. Pottery masters Rustam Usmanov and Alisher Narzulaev will introduce you to the ancient pottery traditions from Uzbekistan, Rishtan and Gijduvan.

Rishtan center.

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The Rishtan pottery tradition uses a unique turquoise–ultramarine palette that differs entirely from colors in other Central Asian regions. Rishtan-made ceramics differ technically as well, with thin, delicate walls and a translucent, smooth glaze. Rishtan is the only place in Central Asia where the well–known “ishkor” glaze is still used, and the vibrant blue colors of Rishtan ceramics are the only colors which are fixed using the “ishkor” glaze.

Rustam Usmanov - master ceramist and painter is a first-class professional.

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Usmanov has participated in archeological expeditions to research and restore lost ornaments and patterns, and his artwork combines deep knowledge of the local traditions. His masterpieces are displayed in the State Museum of Art of Uzbekistan, The State Hermitage and Museum of Ethnography of St.Peterburg, Russia and the Museum of Arts of Peoples of the Orient in Moscow, Russia.

Gizhduvan center.

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Among the centers of polychromatic pottery in Uzbekistan, Gizhduvan is the most popular. The colors of Gizhduvan’s ceramics are quite different from other sin Uzbekistan. They include a rich palette of golden-green, dark green, brown red and dark blue on a dark or bright brown background. The use of multicolored angoba dyes in several layers brings out the original relief of the decoration and the addition of lead glaze into the dues, along with heavy glaze layer during the kiln firing, creates color that are incredibly alive and rich. The most popular design used by Gizhduvan’s ceramic are the circle, represented as astronomical symbol or wheel; often several circles are drawn, forming a flower rosette.

Master Alisher Narzullaev.

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The whole Narzullaev family of is involved in pottery production. Alisher Narzullaev represents the sixth generation of master–ceramists in Gizhuduvan. With his brother he has been recreating the old Gizhduvan glazes and ornaments by following pictures and instructions left by their father and grandfather, and they have been successful in matching excellence of the past. Their ceramics adorn many prestigious collections in Japan, France, the United States and Russia.

 
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