Tradition of Ornamental Painting of Bubnivka Ceramics

Video gallery

Tradition of Ornamental Painting of Bubnivka Ceramics

Tradition of ornamental painting of Bubnivka ceramics has distinctive stylistic features of ornamental elements performance, composite constructions, creation of figurative motifs that distinguish Bubnivka among other centres of Podillia pottery, giving it special stylistic traits.

Ornamental compositions of Bubnivka painting are composed of mainly plant-like and conditionally decorative details, which made by a horn (in the past) or rubber syringe (at the present time) in different variations. The ornaments are applied black, dark brown, green, white slip to the background of red ochre colour, creating a contrast and a harmonious combination of natural colours at the same time. The use of "fliandrivka" technique increases the artistic variations of Bubnivka painting. As a result of master’s imagination and the combination of technical tools, Bubnivka ornamental painting has unique and diverse decorative beauty, refinement and endless richness of graphic forms. A peculiar traditional range of ornamental motifs of Bubnivka painting are “vylogy”, “kosychky”, “vynograd”, “kvitkova fliandrivka”, “koloskova fliandrivka”, “barvinok”, “sosonka”, “puskavky”, “derevtse”, “kvitka” and others.

The works of Bubnivka craftsmen - bowls, ladles, jugs for alcohol (“kumanets”), pitchers, vases, small plastic things, services, thanks to the strong traditions of ceramic painting, have a stylistic affinity and a decorative expressiveness.

Bubnivka ceramics history begins with Novoselivka village (original name - Honcharivka), located on the banks of the river Sob (Sib). In the XVIth century several families of potters who started this craft have settled there. The development of pottery, the search for new pottery clay led to the foundation on the opposite bank of the river the village of Bubnivka. In the XVIIth century it is mentioned as a potter's centre.

The founder of Bubnivka painted pottery was a hereditary master Andrii Honchar (1823 - 1926), who mastered the secrets of ceramic glaze to perfection, learnt and approved the technique of coloured underglaze paintings. Andrii Honchar studied Ahafon Herasymenko - a father of famous potters Yakiv (1891 - 1970) and Yakym (1888 - 1970). For two years Herasymenko brothers worked in an experimental workshop at Lavra School in Kyiv. Their works were exhibited in Paris, New York, London, Moscow, and Leningrad. They were awarded with gold medals and Honoured Masters of Folk Art title. In 1988, in Novoselivka, in the house where Yakym Herasymenko lived, the museum-estate of Herasymenko brothers was opened.

Yakiv and Yakym’s niece, Frosyna Mishchenko (born in 1926), Honoured Master of Folk Art of Ukraine, carried on their tradition. She transferred her skills to the residents of Bubnivka village: Tetiana Shpak (born 1947), Valentyna Zhyvko (born 1950), Tetiana Dmytrenko (born 1957).

Nowadays bearers of the tradition are also master-ceramists of Vinnitshchyna who learned Bubnivka traditional ornamental painting from the local carriers: Serhii Pohonets (born 1970), Svitlana Pohonets (born 1973), Volodymyr Slubsky (born 1955), Liudmyla Filinska (born 1946), Vasyl Ryzhyi (born 1964), Nataliia Lavreniuk (born 1975), Victoriia Nikolaieva (born 1978), Mykhailo Didenko (born 1992), Olha Tsybulia (born 1996).

In 1995-1997 the National Union Folk Art Masters of Ukraine, together with the Department of Culture and Tourism of Vinnytsia Regional State Administration and Vinnytsia Regional Centre of Folk Art, held several Ukrainian symposia-workshops for pottery masters in Bubnivka, in order to develop Bubnivka traditional pottery. As a result of these events, masters-bearers of the tradition of ornamental painting began to work actively in Bubnivka. Among them is the Honoured Master of Folk Art of Ukraine Tetiana Shpak, who created a workshop at home. She productively works and participates in all-Ukrainian, oblast and regional exhibitions of folk art, acting as an intensive representative of Bubnivka ceramics.

Vinnytsia Regional Centre of Folk Art published catalogue of works of Frosyna Mishchenko (Vinnytsia, PJSC VOD, 2016) and Tetyana Shpak (Vinnytsia, Nilan LTD, 2017).

Supported by the Department of Culture and Arts of Haisyn Regional State Administration, the village community of Bubnivka and Novoselivka, Vinnytsia Regional Centre of Folk Art holds regional educational plein air - workshops of pottery. Such practical events give Vinnytsia ceramists the opportunity to master the tradition of ornamental painting of Bubnivka ceramics directly from the artists of the village.

In the current circumstances, the experience of homeschooling from the master to the pupil is complemented by the master classes during numerous seminar -workshops, folk art exhibitions, plein airs of potters in Bubnivka, Novoselivka, Tulchyn, Vinnytsia, as well as a group and studio form of education for children and youth held in a secondary school in the village of Bubnivka, at the College of Culture in Tulchyn, in the ceramics club of the Vinnytsia City Palace of Children and Youth.



Bubnivka – village of Haisyn district in Vinnytsia Oblast
Area: 0.283 sq. km.
Population: 941
Driving distance from Kiev to Bubnivka: 290.7 km

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. Expedita distinctio quae ab illo inventore. Molestias excepturi sint, obcaecati cupiditate non provident similique. Molestias excepturi sint, obcaecati cupiditate non provident, similique sunt. Doloribus asperiores repellat. molestias excepturi sint, obcaecati cupiditate non numquam. Nobis est laborum et iusto odio dignissimos. Cum soluta nobis est laborum et quas molestias excepturi sint, obcaecati cupiditate. Impedit, quo voluptas assumenda est, qui in culpa.