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The Pottery Tradition of Mezőtúr

14. 8. 2014





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In the mid-19th century, pottery making rose to fame among the abundance of rich handcraft traditions in Mezőtúr – a town in the southern part of the Great Cumanian region of East-Central Hungary. The practical household crockery as well as the exclusively decorative pieces quickly spread throughout the country. Historically, Mezőtúr earned a place of distinction for its country market-fairs and its dishware – a heritage that is still very much alive and continually developing today. The pottery tradition of Mezőtúr has been inscribed on the National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Hungary in 2009.

Locality Mezőtúr, Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok County Hungary
Time Permanent
History (cyclicality) Since the 19th century
Organizer Local government
Realisation team Local craftsmen
Target group Local people and tourists
Traditional culture elements The elements of a well-developed, rich culture refined over hundreds of years are preserved in the burnt pottery and in the technical knowledge and expertise of masters
Ethnographic criterion Traditional pottery is firmly attached to the cultural image of Mezőtúr.
Environmental criterion In harmony with the characteristic environmental features
Cultural-historical criterion The bearers of the knowledge amassed over the years are those local workshops and small-scale ventures where locally trained masters practice and also teach their craft to future generations.
Aesthetic criterion The Mezőtúr pottery products possess recognizable motifs and decorations.
Ethical criterion There is no ethical problem
Psychological criterion The pottery making tradition is and has been a source of pride for the entire town, providing and reinforcing a sense of identity among Mezőtúr inhabitants.

Photos from the collection of the Pottery Museum in Túr


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