Folk crafts are the focus this weekend in Debrecen, as the International Pottery and Debrecen Folk Crafts Festival are being held simultaneously today. For the first time, Dósa nádor Square is hosting the events.
István Puskás, Deputy Mayor of Debrecen, said at the opening that handicrafts have been part of the city’s identity for centuries. He stressed that the exhibition also shows that pottery is not just a tradition from the past, but a living culture that is still with us in our everyday lives.
Anyone who visits the exhibition and Dósa nádor Square can see how contemporary the past can be, he added.
István Puskás presented the main prize of the city of Debrecen to Gábor Lévai, a Debrecen artist who has been working with pottery for twenty-seven years.
He learned the craft under the professional guidance of Katalin Sándor and György Lugossy. He mainly makes utilitarian objects including baking and cooking pots, spice holders, wine and brandy sets, storage pots, bowls, plates, as well as and unique decorative objects including wedding pots and candle holders. His plans include trying out as many of the possibilities of ceramic art as possible.
The exhibition part of the pottery festival will be held in a shop on Széchenyi Street. The exhibition is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. until the 1st of October 2022.
The other programs and events of the craft festival will take place on Dósa nádor Square until Saturday evening, 24th of September 2022.