FOLK HOUSE IN
International, all European organization
united with the International Institution of Castles is awarding medals
and diplomas for protection of European architectural and natural heritage.
The action is sponsored by the American Express Foundation.
In 1993, the organization has received 150 proposals
from 19 European countries and awarded 6 medals and 39 diplomas. Two
contenders from Slovakia were awarded diplomas for 1993. House No. 142 in Brhlovce
restored by the Tekov museum in Levice. This is the house with living
space carved out of stone in the part of the mountain and house No. 898 in
I told you in the last issue about my meeting of
Rastislav Haronik and a visiting his house and little private museum.
Here is his story:
"It all started while studying folk ceramics at
the Secondary School of Art in Bratislava. Here I started to collect
ceramics; our professor Mr. Luxor was a collector too. He was storing part
his collection in the display cabinet at the school and sometimes he asked
us to sketch it. My interest continued visiting the old ceramic exhibit
and the Slovak National Museum in Martin and it was here where I really
discovered the beauty of folk ceramics. They have ceramics collection from
all the areas of Slovakia. My collection started in Sklabina
a village near Martin where I found my first pieces.
I continued in Western Slovakia, as this was the
closest area to Bratislava. I used to visit my schoolmates in Myjava and
surrounding villages; I visited Trnava on many occasions. For instance I
have lot of majolica pieces in my collection from that area. During my
travels for collecting ceramics I happened upon historic folk objects made
from wood, iron and my collection grew.
It was then, when I started thinking about a permanent
place for my collection. So I started to look for an old house in
different parts of Slovakia and at last I have discovered more or less by
accident this house and bought it in 1975."
GO TO PART TWO
TO MASTER POTTER RASTISLAV HARONIK
TO FOLK ARTISTS
TO TOWNS AND VILLAGES
Published in the
Slovak Heritage Live newsletter Volume 2, No. 3, Fall 1994
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