Coffee Cup and Vase

Coffee Cup and Vase

 

Prvi predmet je stara šalica za kavu od moje prabake (u Hrvatskoj je bio običaj piti tursku kavu, koja se pije iz malih šalica)…Ne znam koliko je ova šalica uistinu stara, ali znam da je keramička i ima prekrasnu glazuru s apstraktnim oblicima koji me pomalo podsjećaju na moje vlastite slike. Volim zamisliti svoju prabaku (koju nikada nisam upoznala) kako pije iz ove šalice i uvijek se pitam da li je postojao cijeli set (najvjerojatnije), koji se vremenom izgubio i ova šalica je ostala posljednja.

 

 

Drugi predmet je mala vaza od terakote koja ima za mene posebno značenje, pošto je napravljena posebno za mene. Izradio ju je lončar koji je živio par kuća od mojih bake i djeda i koji je tamo imao i svoj lončarski dućan… Kad god smo za vikend putovali u Vinkovce (grad u kojem su živjeli moji baka i djed, oko 25 milja od Osijeka - grada gdje smo mi živjeli), ja bih inzistirala da me se odvede prvo kod lončara da nabavimo za mene komad gline za igru. Bila sam još vrlo mala, vjerojatno nisam još niti krenula u školu, ali bila sam toliko očarana lončarskim točkom i cijelom tom starom kućicom i dvorištem koje je bilo prekriveno prekrasnom grnčarijom, da je jedan dan lončar napravio ovu malu vazu samo za mene. Sretna sam da ju i dan danas imam, nakon toliko seljenja okolo naokolo..

 

 

Oba ova predmeta su mi posebno draga i zbog moje ljubavi i povezanosti s glinom i glinarenjem općenito.

 

 

 

1st is an old coffee cup from my great-grandmother (the size of an

espresso cup, but actually in Croatia we used to drink Turkish coffee,

and it was drunk out of such small cups)..I don’t know anything about

how old this cup really is, but it is made of earthenware, and it has

such amazing painted (glazed) abstract forms that they almost remind

me of my own paintings..I like to imagine my great-grandmother (whom I

never met) drinking out of this cup, and always wonder if there was an

entire coffee set (probably the case), that was lost over time and

this one piece was the only survivor.

 

2nd is a small vase, also a pottery piece, a terracotta, that has a

very special meaning to me, since it was made specifically for me by a

potter who lived and had a shop a few houses from my grandparent’s

house..whenever we would travel to Vinkovci over the weekends (this is

the city where my grandparents lived, about 25 miles from Osijek - the

city where my parents and I lived), I would insist to first go and get

some clay from that potter..since I was just a small child, probably

before starting school, but I was so mesmerized by the potter’s wheel,

his house/studio and his entire yard filled with earthenware, that one

day he made this little vase for me. I am so happy to still have it

after all these years, and so much moving around..

 

Both of these objects are especially dear to me because of my deep

feeling of connection with clay and pottery in general.

A.Z.

Vinkovci, Croatia

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dimensions (width × height)

24 × 48 in