Atheist weaving crosses on ceramic plates
Newspaper “Zhalt Trud”, issue 7, February 14, 1997
In house room style “gypsy cart” Rhodope bells ringing among hundreds of pottery lives tarnovets Hristo Ivanov. He graduated graphic and has taught students of fine arts at the University “St. Cyril and Methodius”. All graduates are visited at his home before the start in life and profession.
In addition to the graphics almost 30 years Hristo Ivanov studied youth and art font. Since in him have taken hold inexhaustible curiosity vignettes and capitals in Old Bulgarian books. Then the artist began to collect calendars. On this side are his other rare specimens, true works of art.
At one point, Hristo Ivanov realized that his specialty will be able to earn a living in the old capital. So be redirected to sgraffito pottery. It’s kind of decoration, which is made on the pottery and the term is of Italian origin and literally means “cutting.” 10 years artist makes its smaller and larger discoveries in this area, which according to him is boundless. She remembers the beginning some work on excavations near Pavlikeni to be able to paint archaeological finds.
Most often with his bare hands Applied Arts artist born plates with beautiful Old letters. Quantitative superiority have a “P” and “D”. Ceramist compose them in the middle of the plate mainly, but also occurs in the periphery. Recognizes that it is an atheist, but that does not stop in his art to present a huge number of crosses. No shares launched in recent years theories of cosmic origin of the Glagolitic and unearthly forces collected letters. “I do not feel anything unnatural in them.” – smiles artist.
Without being eccentric, Hristo Ivanov prefer to eat in their handmade ceramic bowls and drink wine tempered glasses. His latest quirk is to make a small ocarina. The challenge there is that the sound will be out of the lizards.
Veliko Tarnovo, Sashka Alexandrova
Photos: Hristo Tendzherkov