Vazgen Gevorgyan finishes the surface of a ceramic piece. (Photo by Narek Harutyunyan, My Armenia Program)

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Vazgen Gevorgyan finishes the surface of a ceramic piece. (Photo by Narek Harutyunyan, My Armenia Program)

Pottery is one of the oldest Armenian traditions, dating back to the third millennia BCE. Large vessels to carry water, preserve foods and store wine were found in the ruins of ancient dwellings, often with etchings of deer, fish, trees, the sun, and mythological creatures like dragons and serpents.  

Both women and men were engaged in ceramic work – women making mainly household items, and men throwing pottery on the wheel. This is another tradition passed through generations in Armenian families.  

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