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Gzhel Painting 
"Гжельская Живопись" 
Blue cobalt on white pottery in the traditional Russian style

     Gzhel, not far from the city of Moscow, is well-known for rich deposits of fine clays suitable for the making of quality pottery. The Gzhel district is situated on the territories of Bronnitsky and Bogorodskoye districts. Some 60 villages in this neighborhood have long been engaged in the manufacture of china, faience, sem-faience and majolica. The area's dense sprawling forests provided an endless supply of firewood for the kilns. The first pottery workshop was established by Pavel Kulikov over 200 years ago. All the elements were locally produced: kilns, paints and brushes. A rich tradition of style was built up over many generations by hundreds of master potters and artists.Indeed, in the very name of Gzhel one hears an alliterative association with the Rusian word "zhech, which translates to "burn". Each piece is a work of art and every piece shown was made in Russia.

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