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©Ūla Gecevičiūtė
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Sourdough ceramics workshop

  • with Rasa Justaitė-Gecevičienė
  • Vilnius, Lithuania
  • courses
Sourdough ceramics workshop with Rasa Justaitė-Gecevičienė
©Ūla Gecevičiūtė

An ancient technique reborn

4 hours Max 15 people50 euros per person

Sourdough starter ceramics is an extremely interesting way of burning pottery. This technique was used in the Baltic countries as early as the 10th century and is one of the most archaic methods of clay processing. During the process, hot pieces of ceramics are heated to 1,000°F and are dipped in sourdough starter, which creates impressive ornaments. Sourdough starter ceramics get impregnated during the firing process, during which they become resistant to moisture and are suitable for food use. This archaic technique is unique to the Baltic states. It is believed that the ancient Lithuanians baked bread and fired ceramics in the same ovens – this gave way to decorating ceramics with leftovers of sourdough starter. It is a process that requires precision, but also time and knowledge. Beginners will first create and mould their dish and, under the guidance of an experienced ceramicist, fire it in a wood-fired oven and dip it in sourdough starter.

Lithuanian, English, Russian
By appointment only
+370 68020025

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