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A town of Skopin is the centre of folk arts of Ryazan' Region.
Even in the old times of Kiev Rus', or Ancient Russia, these localities - where a town of Skopin later appeared - were famous for earthenware made out of local light-baked clays.

Contemporary handicraftsmen apply different techniques - pottery, hand-made modelling, plaster-cast moulding with manual finishing, semi-dry pressing.

Subjects of painted decor are noted by originality. Along with realistic depictions of birds, animals and human beings, personages of fantastic fairy-tales and narrative poems and ballads are often represented there.

Dragons and lions, bears and polkans (russian folk interpretation of a mythologic centaurs, folk and fairy-tale birds (Siren and Alconost) are among the most favorite images. Ornaments, mostly geometric, are engraved on a raw clay surface by all kind of sticks, stamps, gears.
Craftsmen's great skills, talent, vivid fantasy and virtuosity breathed a new life into an age-old russian tradition; inimitable folk colourism of unique Skopin ceramics is still alive. The enterprise manufactures decorative kvass-jugs and wine-jugs, vessels, candlesticks, vases, tea-pots and mugs, butterdishes, napkin-holders, ash-trays, pencil glasses, decorative tiles for fireplaces, etc. The company «Skopinskaya Khudozhestvennaya Keramika» constantly takes part in district, regional, city and international exhibitions.

Production of Skopin enterprise was exhibited in Montreal, Paris, Berlin and other countries. Skopin articles are represented in the collections of more than 30 museums in Russia and all over the world.


A great number of diverse ceramic articles was produced in Russia since old times: jugs and dishes, pots and milk pots, different domestic utensils - milk sets, pancake sets, kvass sets, other complete sets for wine, meat dumplings, kvass, soup, tea, other dishes and portion dishes pots. Tableware shapes are always of great plasticity and simplicity, and always they are a result of its utilitarian functions.

An ancient town of Pereslavl'-Zalessky, which is located in Yaroslavl' Region and which is included into the glorious Golden Ring of Russia, is also notable for its handicraft earthenware. Only ecologically pure components are used for its production - red clays, sand and water. These articles are manufactured either on the potter's wheel, or by other methods: by moulding in a plaster cast, or by shaping according to a sample (in semi-automatic rate). Handicraft articles, executed on the potter's wheel, are of great popularity. These articles are heat-proof and water-resistant

Decorative painting is executed by master's hand; floral motives are predominant there, glazing completes the process of decoration. Earthenware production of «Pereslavskaya Keramika» manufactory is widely known in many regions of Russia. Citizens of Yaroslavl' and Moscow, Vladimir and Ivanovo, Tula, Ryazan' and other regions of the Russian Federation use these articles in their everyday life.

These articles are widely spread in use among citizens of Yakutia, Khabarovsk Region and Komi Republic as well.



History of ceramic folk craft on the banks of Oyat' river developed since the 18th century. Contemporary folk craft centre is founded on the basis of pottery-yard of Alekhovshchina Village which is located in Lodeynopol'sky District of Leningrad Region.

Nowadays, ceramic handicraft enterprise carries on ancient traditions of folk pottery and develops them.

The enterprise manufactures utensils and other popular articles, which are formed by a turn of potter's wheel. Ceramic jugs, bowls and wash-hand stands, kettles and grills, salad-dishes and decorative vases, tea- and coffee-sets made of ecologically pure local clays are usually decorated with engobe painting and glazing.

Another trend of Oyat creative activities is manufacture of clay toys; in the last years these toys look different to what one could see before - before they were simple peasant s single-figure toys with a whistle, now they are many-figure compositions on subjects of Russian folk-lore. These handicraft articles are represented in the collections of the principal museums of Russia They are always of stable buyers' demand.


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