Pottery making tour at Horezu
Traditional crafts: ♥♥♥
Traditional venue: ♥♥♥
Local food: ♥♥♥
Bucharest – Horezu – Maldaresti – Bucharest
Recommended duration: 1 day
Departure time: 8 am. Arrival time: approx. 10 pm
Available: All year long
Inscribed in 2012 on the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, Horezu ceramics are a unique traditional craft. Handmade in the northern part of Vâlcea County, Romania, they reflect generations of knowledge and craftsmanship.
Early morning we depart from Bucharest and head to the central – south part of Romania, part of old Walachia. We get to Horezu and we start our pottery workshop, lead by a young family that is very passionate about keeping the tradition. We hear the story of the craft that comes from Neolithic: men prepare the clay and the women decorate the objects using specific techniques and tools to draw traditional motifs. Their skill in combining decoration and colour defines the personality and uniqueness of the Horezu ceramics. The colours are vivid shades of dark brown, red, green, blue and ‘Horezu ivory’. We will try our luck at moulding the clay and using the potter’s wheel and we will also decorate small plates and bowls.
After working so hard we will have lunch in a local traditional restaurant called “Doi cocosi – The two roosters”. The rooster is one of the symbols of Horezu and the region.
We will then visit Maldaresti and 400 years old boyar houses named “kulas”, made to protect them from the Ottoman invaders in the 17th century. “Kula” is the Turkish word for “tower” and these fortified houses were used for defense, observation, distress signalling and residential purposes.
We will see 3 of these houses, listen to the legend of Captain Maldar – the young man who was captured by the enemy, but returned safely home with the daughter of the ruler of the enemy and enjoy the view from the restaurant of one of these kulas that was transformed into a 4 stars manor – Conacul lui Maldar.
We will have plenty of time to take pictures of the Romanian country side, village architecture, scenery and traditional crafts.
For this tour we need clothes that can be dirtied in the pottery workshop.
Services included in the package:
- English speaking authorized guide
- Transport by personal air conditioned car for up to 3 persons/hired minivan for larger groups, all parking fees and fuel
- Pottery making workshop
- Traditional, local food for lunch (3 courses, 2 glasses of wine, one small bottle of water)
- Museum entrances
There are several stops for rest rooms during the trip.
Services not included in the package: Additional drinks at lunch.
Activity level: easy