Szentendre

The studio of NAOMIPELI is based in the beautiful settings at the outskirts of Szentendre, the city of arts and crafts. The settlement is about 20 km from Budapest where the nearby Pilis mountains and the area of Szentendre-island together with the river Danube provides endless source of inspiration. No wonder artists have always been attracted by the small town. Over the years, artists as Jenő Barcsay, Béla Czóbel, János Kmetty, Jenő Kerényi, Lajos Vajda or Imre Ámos choose the art colony in Szentendre for their workspace. Today, their art and creations can be seen in many museums bearing their names. Also, a large collection from the well-known ceramicist Margit Kovács can be found at the permanent exhibition of the eleven-hall art centre named after the artist, while Ferenczy Museum offers a special experience for art lovers. In addition to the Hungarian heritage, a Greek and Serbian culture enrich the culture of Szentendre.

Studio

The small ceramics workshop of NAOMIPELI holds the space for the design and wheeling of the art objects. Dried pieces are then baked in the studio’s electronic kiln at a temperature of 970 Celcius. The next phase is glazing where various materials are applied depending on the temperature being used for firing. The final products are taking shape back in the electronic kiln, usually at a temperature of 1240°C, or 1300°C in case of porcelain.

Raku objects are being fired at around 1000°C in a gas-heated kiln. Once removed from the kiln after the reduction phase, the objects are covered with a blend of sand and wood chips. The wonderful ensemble of earth, fire, air and water orchestrate the endless varieties of impressive colours.