2020 is an uncommon year and not in the good sense of the word. It's uncommon because (among many things) all the markets and fairs were cancelled in the middle of March indefinitely. The only markets allowed are the farmers markets, the usual ones for those who have producer license. Usually there's a bog craft fair that is organized twice each year and unless the pandemic is stopped fast, there will be none this year.
I'm a big fan of these craft markets as it's a very good occasion for me to take 400 - 500 photos of beautiful craft products but also a source of inspiration. That was taken away from me but that's the least of the problem. The biggest problem is these crafters have no place to sell their products.
Friday for me means #marketfriday hosted by Denise, @dswigle, on which occasion I'm always trying to post products that I find interesting and valuable for various reasons. My aim is to show those who are reading my posts, something new and interesting, specific to my country if possible. For this occasion I had to go through my folders and look for photos that haven't been posted yet. I was able to come up with the followings.
Handmade, Hand Painted Ceramics
Ceramics you can find plenty in Romania, especially at these craft fairs. Each region has its own style, which gives you motive to buy more and more. This one for example is not specific to my region, actually it was pretty new to me but I found it gorgeous.
The details here are absolutely amazing. Imagine how many hours they spent on a single piece. These plates are now for decorative purposes only but back in old days these items were used daily. Carafes for wine and water, small ones for homemade brandy, vases etc. These products are not cheap at all but I believe the price is proportional to the quality.
This were also new to me, have never seen them at the market. The upper row is unpainted ceramics, mostly vases, amphora. I love those vases as the color is natural and the design is simple, just perfect for my taste.
The second shelf below is full of funny vases. The artist probably was thinking or creating something funny and unconventional. He did a great job I must say.
This is the bottom shelf, full of interesting and strange plates and bowls. Usually these ceramics are decorated with folk motives like flowers, leaves, birds, sun etc. These are colored but see no pattern at all. It's freestyle I believe.
Besides ceramics, my other favorite is wood art. I'm admiring everyone who's good at it as I believe that's something I'll be never mastering. I can learn a lot of things, pick up new hobbies all the time but wood sculpture is a dream that will never come trough. Anyway, let's see what we have here.
For those of you who are not familiar with these tools, what you see here is called spindle and it's used to make yarn, mostly out or sheep wool. These are only for decorative purposes as those real ones used a century ago were plain and simple. They didn't have time to waste on decorating a common tool used every day.
This is a cropped image for you to see the details. How impressive! While I would not use such a tool, I'd love to have one on the wall of my non existent sewing workshop 😁. I can imagine a white wall full of wonderful artworks like this.
What yu see here is a mystery as far as I'm concerned. It may be some tool you need to make yarn from wool or it serves no other purpose that just decoration, can't really figure it out. Should have asked the artist but the truth is, at these craft fairs there are so many to see and photograph that you can spend the whole day there if you want to see and learn about everything. In any case it looks good, love that wood.
As I said earlier in this post, each region has it's own style when it comes to ceramics and there's the new trend, that is not traditional. These are from the northern part of Moldavia. Judging from the decorative elements, I believe it's traditional decoration, featuring mostly flowers, animals, agricultural activities.
These fridge magnets are cool in my opinion. My fridge is not full with magnets yet but I'm working on it 😁, next time I know what to look for. Those houses on the right are cute, plus I'd pick a sunflower or a rooster. Who knows, maybe next time there will be more to choose from, not that there are not plenty here. The prices are acceptable, can't really complain about that.
These plates are also lovely but not as cheap as the magnets.
Look what you can do with a little bit of ingenuity. These are also magnets made of funny wooden spoons that but have a thermometer and a nice floral decoration on them.