Uzbekistan’s Ceramic Capital – town of Rishtan

           Rishtan located 40km south of Kokand is known as a town of artists. It is believed that the place has been the centre of ceramics production for a continuous period of over 1000 years! Over the centuries the master craftsmen from Rishtan developed their own unique style recognized all over the world. Typical ceramics from Rishtan is hand-painted with the use of colourful paints, with the dominant colour being turquoise and blue and their various shades. The craftsmen pay a lot of attention also to fine details of patterns painted drudgingly with very thin brushes that’s another characteristic feature of Rishtan ceramics. 

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As soon as you enter the town, you can sense its “artistic” atmosphere. Instead of fruit and vegetable stands or booths selling cheap Chinese products, we see pottery stands apparently set up randomly, near private houses. There are no monumental statues on roundabouts but rather enormous tureens and other dishes clearly informing all newcomers that they’ve come to the capital of ceramics renowned in all Central Asia. One of the workshops attracting the greatest number of tourists is Said Akhmedov’s workshop located in his family house in one of the streets of the town.

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W tym schowanym miejscu turyści mogą zobaczyć cały cykl produkcji ceramiki, zaczynając od przygotowania gliny, przez samo ręczne wytwarzanie różnych form (naczynia, talerze, wazy) na ręcznym malowaniu, suszeniu i wypalaniu w piecach skończywszy. Jako że ceramika z Rishtan jest produktem pożądanym, do pracowni przybywają turyści z całego świata. Said Akhmedov wraz z rodziną jest na to doskonale przygotowany. W domu jest kilka pokoi dla turystów, można tam zostać na kilka dni i wziąć udział w warsztatach. Wieczorami „studenci” zasiadają do stołu i smakują lokalne przysmaki przy uzbeckiej muzyce. W tym celu rodzina bardzo stylowo urządziła wewnętrzne podwórze domu. Przy pracowni znajduje się też spory sklep z ładną galerią, w której można prace podziwiać i kupić. Wstęp do pracowni jest darmowy, przewodnikiem zazwyczaj jest sam Said Akhmedov. Artysta swoje prace sprzedaje nie tylko w Uzbekistanie. Posiada on już sklepy/galerie w kilku miastach Europy np. w Berlinie.

_DSC0193Work for patient people. Every single plate, bowl or cup is hand painted.

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_DSC0234Although the workshop is located in a very remote area, people from all corners of the world come here for “ceramics” shopping. Frenchmen, Italians and Americans are supposedly the most common visitors.

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Gas-heated kiln where the ceramic pieces of art are fired.

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HOW TO GET THERE?

The workshop is located not far from Kokand so the easiest way is to get a taxi from the city centre. You may also visit the workshop on your way from Tashkent to Fergana (shared taxi). Discuss the details with your driver.

Address:

Said Akhmedov – Ceramic Workshop

8, Amir Timur Street

150301 Rishtan

Tel: +998 94 442 00 72, +998 90 303 00 39, +998 90 408 97 40

Email: said_akhmedov@mail.ru

 

What else is there to see in the Fergana Valley?

 

Yodgorlik Silk Factory

Extremely interesting and photogenic place where you may feel the spirit of the ancient tradition of silk production

Rishtan Ceramics

A small craft-oriented town made famous all around the world by production and handmade pottery

Kumpeta Bazaar

Bustling, aromatic and colourful place just like many other interesting Uzbek bazaars

Andijan

Centre of the bloody incidents of 2005, which received wide coverage in the international media

Khan’s Palace in Kokand

Majestic residence of Kokand’s last ruler build with a flourish

 

*Text written by us was also included in a guidebook published by Bezdroża Publishing House under the working title “Uzbekistan” First edition. Premiere of the book will take place in the first quarter of 2019!

 

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