The IVESC-ICEE-ICCTPEA-2014 Conference symbol is an original "Gzhel" style, which really reflects the Russian nation soul. The famous blue floral ornament on a white background is the exclusive Russian Gzhel tradition, unique in the world.

Gzhel is a style of ceramics which takes its name from the village of Gzhel and surrounding area, where it has been produced since 1802.

But the name Gzhel became associated with pottery much earlier, in the 14th century. Gzhel pottery was originally created by potters in their homes. The pottery was painted solid white with distinctive blue designs.


What made Gzhel universally famous was its whiteware and semivitreous ware decorated with monochrome blue painting, which bsequently became the Gzhel hallmark.

Gzhel ware is known for its fascinating imagery, original design, abundance of sculpted decorative detail, and age-old painting technique. Gzhel ware depends for its unique style on the pale blue and navy ornaments and blossoms which owe their hues to cobalt oxide.

The paint is applied to baked ceramic objects with a wide brush. A few precise circular strokes produce a blooming rose; a number of thin wavy lines form delicate leaves, scattered stalks, and winding tendrils.


The bright and sumptuous style of painting, with folk humour permeating its subject matter, has extended to conversation pieces and figures of animals based on lubok popular prints, as well as mythical buildings and sculpted scenes from everyday life, folk tales and epics.

What remains unchanged is the typical Gzhel combination of white, pale blue, and navy.







Dedicated to the 290-th anniversary of the Saint-Petersburg State University

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