In the last days of spring, an exhibition of arts and crafts will begin in Ashgabat, where sculptures and art ceramics will take a special place.
The opening will take place on May 30 at 16:00 in the Exhibition Hall of the Union of Artists of Turkmenistan. Guests will see works of such masters of pottery as Gylyara Babaeva, Bayram and Bahar Annagulyevs.
For frequent visitors to such events, it is no secret that the works of the above-mentioned masters carry with them a share of magic, recalling the works of the ancient masters – simplified forms, sweeping paintings, and images, as if snatched from the life of a child.
Another thing – dishes from ceramics. It perfectly holds water, can contact with fire without serious consequences.
Our distant ancestors managed to learn the properties of burnt clay in times very distant from us. Thus, the ceramic products of ancient potters still fall into the hands of happy archaeologists.
Pottery was found during excavations in New Nisa and Chopan-Depe, Ancient Merv and Old Serakhs and other parts of Turkmenistan.
A huge number of ceramics, including an elegant form, was discovered during archaeological research in Gonurdepe, the capital of the legendary Margiana.
For more than three thousand years before Christ, the ancient masters of Gonur not only produced household utensils or building materials (for example, ceramic pipes that were inserted exactly like modern water pipes), but also burned clay in hot incinerators, creating miniature figures of camels, rams, goats, etc.
A special place in the work of the Margush professionals was occupied by the creation of clay gods – fertility goddesses, in whose image they put all their inspiration and talent.
It would not be an exaggeration to say that ceramic products created by the distant ancestors of modern Homo Sapiens, imitated (or maybe envied their ancestors) today, reviving works of so-called “naive art”, are at the origin of art.
Of course, having such a long history of artistic ceramics, created by our ancestors, the current artists could not but adopt the many thousands of years of experience in “spiritualizing clay”.
Some of the exhibits that you are lucky to see at the Ashgabat vernissage on May 30 are evidence of that.
Together with their mentors, young artists will also demonstrate their work: Aina and Jennet Annagulyev, Balla Babayev and Kerem Durdyyev. Their contribution to the exhibition is devoted to the celebration of World Children’s Day.