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Majolica and Gzhel

Gzhel (Гжель) describes two localities with clusters of about 60 villages and settlements in the Ramensky District situated on the territories of Bronnitsky and Bogorodskoye districts near Moscow. Gzhel ceramics utilizes the rich deposits of fine clays in the area that are suitable for the making of quality pottery. These villages 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. At that time, all the elements were locally produced: kilns, paints and brushes. Needless to say, a rich tradition of style was built up over many generations by an assembly of hundreds of master potters and artists.

Majolica from Yaroslavl. First developed in Italy during the Renaissance, majolica (also known as maiolica) is brightly painted tin-glazed molded earthenware. The Yaroslavl Majolica by Pavlova and Shepelev is a studio company with a talent for creating warm hand painted figures and ornaments. They draw inspiration from the folk toys of olden days.

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