The Iacinschi Kuty Pottery Workshop

One of the most attractive techniques in the field of pottery in Romania, the Kuty-type pottery, survives because of the passion of a family from Botoșani. The pottery workshop of the Iacinschi family, on Miorița Street No 10. is the only one in Botoșani county and the second one in Romania, after the one from Rădăuți-Suceava, which produces plates, mugs, candlesticks, bowls, or objects of decoration made manually following a technique practiced since 14th century.
The workshop belongs to Sonia Iacinschi and her son, Eusebiu, two craftsmen who master the decorative art and have imposed themselves nationally and internationally. Their works-with unique decorative motifs individualized by the technique ‘sgrafitto’, zoomorphic and avimorphic, realized in the colors green, yellow and brown, have been valorized both in Romania and in France, Italy, Israel or Hungary.
Ethnography specialists claim that this type of pottery, Kutty, is the old Byzantine pottery that has entered the territory of Romania since the 4th century. Its making is a complex process, which involves several stages namely:
1. The processing of clay
2. Clay modeling-vessel formation
3. Drying
4. Incubation
5. Drawing
6. The first burning
7. Coloring
8. Enameling
9. The final burning
Some of the most important distinctions and awards won by the pottery are:
• The letter of thanks for the support given to the 16th edition of the “ROMANIA DAY ON BROADWAY” festival held in New York;
• The First Prize awarded at the XXII edition of the National Exhibition Contest from Moldova, 2011.