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Create your own painted pottery with Vazgen

Create your own painted pottery with Vazgen image

Vazgen Gevorgyan takes a dried ceramic piece from a hand-made mold. (Photo by Narek Harutyunyan, My Armenia Program)

Gevorgyan Ceramics offers visitors an opportunity to learn about the ongoing pottery culture of the Armenian highlands, thanks to the innovative approaches and creative designs of Vazgen and Satenik Gevorgyan. This prolific husband-and-wife artistic duo have created a lasting heritage of ceramic cultural treasures, which appeals to both the serious collector and the casual buyer.

Nestled near the railroad in Gyumri, the Armenian capital of arts and crafts, Gevorgyan Ceramics has gained international attention since it was founded ten years ago. Vazgen and Satenik have forged new styles based not only on their skills and artistic visions, but also the natural world that surrounds them, particularly the area’s abundant and diverse natural clay deposits.

Visitors will learn how to make ornaments from archaeological clay objects, rock and goat images, and Urartian inscriptions. Vazgen also restores and makes copies of ancient clay objects from different archeological and cultural periods, which he sells as souvenirs. His studio is packed with a wide range of ornamental objects, which reflect diverse eras and cultural beliefs. The Gevorgyans combine their love of painting and clay to create lasting products of Armenian cultural heritage.

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Vazgen and Satenik Gevorgyan have combined their innovative artistic visions with their lasting love of clay to restore and revive many of the distinctive pottery traditions from the Armenian highlands. Vazgen applies the traditional approaches of clay processing and production of household utensils still observed in these villages and combines them with modern trends and methods, which are usually informed by his own experience.

Photo by Narek Harutyunyan, My Armenia Program

Various sized pots decorated with painted cultural motifs and designs.

Photo by Narek Harutyunyan, My Armenia Program

Most of Vazgen's pieces are inspired by archaeological finds from the area.

Photo by Narek Harutyunyan, My Armenia Program

The Gevorgyan's bring Armenian culture and artistic mastery together in their ornamental objects.

Photo by Narek Harutyunyan, My Armenia Program

Vazgen adds finishing touches to a pitcher. Վազգենն ավարտին է հասցնում կուժի վրա կատարվող աշխատանքները:

Photo by Narek Harutyunyan, My Armenia ProgramԼուսանկարը՝ Նարեկ Հարությունյանի, «Իմ Հայաստան» ծրագիր

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