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Daniel Leș

  • Casa Olarului
  • Ceramicist
  • Baia Sprie, Romania
  • Master Artisan
Daniel Leș Ceramicist
Romanian, English, Italian
By appointment only
+40 729047429
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Mixing tradition with a simple life in pottery

  • • Daniel uses traditional techniques from the Dacian times
  • • He started experimenting with clay in his father’s workshop as a child
  • • His creations reflect his love for people, rural life, nature and God

Living in Maramureș, one of the most beautiful regions of Romania, Daniel Leș appreciates the values of simple life, such as authenticity, inner peace and tranquillity. His father, the painter and potter Ioan Leș, taught him pottery, drawing, painting and ceramic modelling. The life in his grandparents' village has inspired every aspect of his work. He built his own studio over two decades ago and uses old techniques – known since the time of Dacia – working only with clay, water and fire. Daniel is a master in the art of figurative ceramics, his creations being included in numerous exhibitions and museums worldwide. In 2005, he opened "Casa Olarului" (The Potter’s Guesthouse) together with his wife, where visitors can attend pottery demonstrations and take lessons.

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Cucuteni vase

The design of this terracotta vase is inspired by motifs found in artefacts of the ancient Cucuteni culture. The ceramic vase is hand thrown and finished with a handle and three feet. The spiral form is a motif found in artefacts of the Cucuteni culture.

Height 35 cm
Diameter 35 cm

Photo: ©Ingrid Fedor

This spheric thrown ceramic vase, handcrafted from terracotta, rests on a rounded base. The vase is coloured with blue oxide and beeswax. It is designed to look like an antiquity.

Height 30 cm
Diameter 30 cm

Photo: ©Ingrid Fedor
Vadastra pot

This ceramic pot is hand thrown from terracotta. The handmade vessel is incised with decorative symbols taken from archaeological artefacts of the Vadastra culture. The motifs on the upper margin symbolise the teeth of the Dacia wolf.

Height 15 cm
Diameter 30 cm

Photo: ©Ingrid Fedor

This spherical ceramic vase, hand thrown from terracotta, is decorated with motifs inspired by those found on artefacts of the Dacian culture. The motifs represent the teeth of the Dacian wolf. The vase is coloured with blue oxides and beeswax.

Height 40 cm
Diameter 40 cm

Photo: ©Ingrid Fedor
Spheric vase

This spheric vase with a thin neck is handcrafted from locally sourced terracotta. The large body of the vase contrasts with a long, thin neck. The exterior has been left with the natural colour of the fired ceramic. The vase is handcrafted on a potter’s wheel and adorned with incised motifs inspired by the Vadastra culture.

Height 30 cm
Diameter 20 cm

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