Ancient Traditions – New Experiences
Andrius Šližys, a self-taught potter. I was born in Lithuania in 1988 and currently living in the Netherlands. I grew up in an artistic environment where creativity became natural to me. From an early age, I was introduced to many forms of arts and crafts. During my life, I have participated in various festivals, concerts, exhibitions, contests, creative collectives, and art projects. To me, pottery is more than just a way to earn a living; it is a way to look for meaning and harmony in my life.
While I use many pottery techniques, I am mostly engaged in leaven ceramics. This ancient pottery technique comes from my homeland and was very common in medieval Lithuania. One unique future of this technique is that pots will never turn out identical to one another—each and every piece has its own unique character. Another future: no glazing. This technique was used long before glazes were introduced to Europe, and the main purpose of leaven ceramics was to waterproof pots. The most intriguing part of this type of ceramics is the process itself. When red-hot—1000°C—the pot is pulled out of a kiln and immersed into a specially prepared liquid. The liquid has to be prepared and leavened a few days in advance, and it can be made with various ingredients, such as flour, sugar, yeast, rye, wheat, peas, oats, beetroot, and more. Leaven ceramics are natural, chemical-free, and environmentally friendly. It always produces unexpected and mesmerising results. Leaven ceramics are 100% handmade, authentic ceramics.