“I’m gnarly, but do not like to serve”

After the life-mill 60 years old ceramic artist Hristo Ivanov said there are talented people, but without confidence.

“I’m gnarly, but do not like to serve”

Hristo Ivanov

Hristo Ivanov

And he to be free, 10 years ago touched woodcarving chisel, but his thread created problems and then decided to tackle the ceramic.

Pottery

Pottery

Five times apply to Sofia Art Academy Turnovo artist Hristo Ivanov, but do not take it, even though he was the partisan pedigree. And that his drawings were shoddy and biography, which he then writes academic gates slammed into his nose. After years as a teacher already in Veliko Tarnovo University, received a surprise letter from the author of the characteristics that repented, sent his daughter to study in Veliko Tarnovo and prayed for assistance. Only then solved complex conundrum for failures artist schedule.

Pottery

Pottery

Holdup apparently because the command was not run by young village rushed upstairs to the cities. Or maybe envy and ignorance have been, who knows …

Pottery

Pottery

Reclusive grief and left his native village Dragana

12 years lived in Haskovo, raised a family and became an artist in the cinema department. Then in “NarMag” plump, and in 1960 again knocked on the gates at the Art Academy. This time there was no one to his brewing water and six years studied graphic in the class of Professor Alexander Poplilov. After that she was a freelancer in Sofia, even like the National Assembly calligrapher to do it, but he refused. During this time in Veliko Tarnovo University opened up space for teacher and Hristo winner. With his family moved to the old capital.

Pottery

Pottery

He began to teach students art. But along with this talented decorator fulfill other orders of enterprises and organizations. And so perfected. So from Svishtov asked him to do head Aleko’s Bay Ganjo. Deserted him ours character for him so the worse. Summoned him to TK on the BKP so it heckle you still remember.

Pottery

Pottery

Objectives 26 years his colleague make his life miserable

And to get rid of this yoke, he decided to retrain as create art that does not depend on the Tarnovo Artistic Council. “I do not like to serve the people,”- said bruised a retiree. And 10 years ago touched chisel, but the thread it created problems. Should procure special tree to look for his master to assemble various compositions. And imagine that they are not a good plastic. So so quit.

Pottery

Pottery

Then took up ceramics

Any free time walking in the former ceramic factory in Veliko Tarnovo and taught craft of the old masters. And to work this art should have its own base, which later appeared in romantic farmhouse in Small Farm near the old capital. The entire lower floor of the Renaissance cloister Hristo became a workshop equipped with modern facilities for the difficult art. Here the hands of the artist and the day and night on the potter’s wheel modeled bizarre forms of ceramic plates, pitchers , mini fountains, clocks, vases , etc. Which cover engraved motifs taken from our evangelical books.

Pottery

Pottery

“Bulgarian decoration comes from Byzantium” – says the artist Ceramics – “but it is warmed by the Slavic human feeling. There is no coldness of Greek engraving. Years ago, one of the world ceramic biennale in Magdeburg a German art critic told Bulgarian ceramics, it is heavy and gritty but warm. And our nation is not talentless and I think it should not be brought low. And I see talented people and have confidence. We have something to be proud of because art has been preserved over the centuries, talk about the past greatness of our nation”.

Pottery

Pottery

On the second floor of the house painter has arranged the finished works in a small exhibition. Ceramic plates, with different sizes, interspersed with vignettes (interlaced) and old letters in different shades, issued craftsmanship and unique in the artist.

Pottery in the courtyard of the artist

Pottery in the courtyard of the artist

“Running from clothing. All I want to do by hand”,

explains ceramics. It is no accident Professor Kseniya Dzhurova saw pottery in Christ, wanted in Sofia exhibition of his works to do. “I want to pull out of oblivion drowned in Old Bulgarian books and show it to the people.” – said Turnovo artist. – “When I met Mrs. Dzhurova asked her directly if I’m not mistaken something in art, because I think my pottery is so confused and advanced that even if some say it looks like the Chinese.”

Pottery

Pottery

Now Hristo Ivanov says that there is more to do. His pottery has become known outside Bulgaria and his works spread native art in Europe.

Pottery

Pottery

But this nihilism that exists in our country and a race to destroy everything we have created and spills what has survived through the centuries, burns strong soul of the artist. He dreams after years of leaving the creations of generations. And looking for young people to grab the embers of his heart …

Vasya Terzieva
In newspaper “Borba”, Friday, June 24, 1994

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