I love our planet.
So I do not harm it with my behaviour.
We all have the right to use it, but we have to use it responsibly.
That is what my parents taught me.
It is one of those things that has been passed down from generation to generation.
That is how my ancestors left me all this valuable information.
From lips to lips. From people to people. My culture is remarkable because of its infinite connection with nature, and my antecedents did a very good job of igniting in me a great love for all the natural things around me. Therefore, I dedicated a big part of my life to spreading ancient wisdom and the ancient lifestyle to other people.
There are many ways to do so, and my way is through ceramics.
To be more specific, it is through leaven ceramics.
It is an Eastern European firing technique used since ancient times and was developed in the Baltic culture (in what is Lithuania and Latvia today). The oldest leaven ceramics artefact found dates back to 900–1000 A.D. Some historians and archaeologists claim that leaven ceramics originated in 400–600 A.D. For a long time, this technique was unusually isolated and used only by Baltic tribes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, Lithuania and Latvia were formed, uniting various Baltic tribes. Although the local people had contact with the outside world for centuries, this type of ceramics reached Russia, Estonia, and Byelorussia only in the 19th and 20th centuries. This technique was almost forgotten not long ago and lost due to the popularity of new firing and glazing methods. The revival of leaven ceramics began within last decade and has rapidly grown as more potters fall in love with this spectacular process of making ceramics.
It is completely safe, ecological, non-polluting, and environmentally friendly.
The name “leaven ceramics” is translation of the Lithuanian name, “Raugo keramika“, but every country has its own name and English translation:
- Lithuania: Raugo keramika – Leaven ceramics (or Sourdough pottery)
- Latvia: Rūdītā keramika – Hardened ceramics (or Melnie podi – black pots)
- Poland: Hartowanie ceramiki – Hardened ceramics (or Farbowaniem – dyed pottery)
- Estonia: Poripott – Mud pot
- Byelorussia and Russia: Oбварная керамика – Obvara (or scalded ceramics)
Beyond these names, there are several other names, such as fermented ceramics, Eastern European raku, and Baltic raku.
My products are made out of clay.
Clay is one of the most natural resources available practically without limit. Prehistoric humans discovered the useful properties of clay, and yet oldest ceramic figurine found is the 29,000-year-old Venus of Dolní Věstonice. For ten millennia, humans have been creating various items out of clay, such as food and drink containers, jewellery, art, and tools, and today, given the vast variety of materials available to use, clay is still one of the most beautiful and durable options available.
My ceramics are completely handmade
and 100% authentic. Each and every piece is made with spirit.
By the way
I’m Andrius Šližys, born in 1988.
Nice to meet you!