After a series of successful and well-attended workshops, the Sinj Tourist Board, under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia and in cooperation with the Cetina Region Museum in Sinj, organizes an educational workshop about traditional pottery from Potravlje after last year’s break due to the coronavirus pandemic.
This year’s workshop will be held on Friday, October 22 at 18:00 in the Cetina Region Museum in Sinj. In the introductory part of this educational workshop, participants will hear a fascinating lecture by the museologists who will introduce pottery and its role in developing cultures and civilizations. The workshop leader, Mr. Ivan Knezović, one of the last masters of this traditional craft, will present how this earthenware is made. The participants of the workshop, if they wish, will be able to try their hand at making clay pots with the professional help of master Knezović.
It should be noted that the beginnings of hand pottery date back to the 4th century BC and that the village of Potravlje is its cradle. Namely, the century-old tradition of making earthenware until the Second World War was practiced by about fifty families in the villages of the Cetina region and Potravlje by about twenty of them. In 1774, the famous Italian travel writer Alberto Fortis claimed that Potravlje’s rough pots were more durable than those from his homeland.
This was the time when households used various earthenware pots, copper for cooking milk or for preparing turkey – rare corn polenta, jars for holding butter and sour milk, pots for storing wine, grain, utensils for barbecue, peka – bell-shaped lids that covered the dough for bread or some other dish on the open hearth, pjati – plates for serving dishes, bowls (shallow bowls), and drinking jugs. Each vessel had a name according to its purpose (copper mlikarica, purarica, dubočica). Today, in addition to some traditional dishes, those of new shapes and purposes are made, such as amphorae (for tourist sale), flower pots – pitari, and various miniature forms of traditional dishes offered as souvenirs.
Traditional hand pottery from Potravlje is an intangible cultural asset of the Republic of Croatia. Therefore, the workshops will be held following the recommendations and valid measures of the CNIPH and the Civil Protection Headquarters.
The Sinj Tourist Board has prepared souvenirs for all participants, which will be distributed at the end of the workshop.
All those interested can send their applications to e-mail: [email protected] or apply by calling 021 / 826-352 by Friday, October 22 at noon.
Participation in the workshop is free, and the number of participants is limited.