Pottery- Veles pitcher

The pottery carries the spirit of Veles. This traditional craftsmanship that managed to survive through the hardship throughout the centuries has remained to be the city’s symbol. In the past, pottery used to be the practice of the poor families. Kočo Racin, one of the greatest Macedonian poets, was also a potter and considered it to be the oldest art. Pottery making requires special hand-shaping skills and a sense of esthetics. Clay is shaped by hand on a potter’s wheel. Thus made jug and pitcher pottery, pans and pots are left to dry and undergo a firing process in specially designed kilns. At the end, they are ornamented with drawings. Amidst the development of the ceramic industry, the traditional Veles-made pottery is still demanded at the market.