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A Magical Countryside World, Made From Clay

Oct 28, 2015 | 831 videos
Video by Matei Plesa

Dan Les is a Romanian ceramist who makes things out of the earth—most notably, ceramic figurines with exaggerated features that depict a bygone age. In a house nestled in the mountains of Maramureș, Les lives a romantic life where he spends his days smoothing out rough clay and molding it into magnificent shapes. His work is an effigy of a forgotten world: "It's my old villagers that I try to bring back to life," Les says in this short documentary by Matei Plesa. "I think that the story behind the piece of work holds great significance and that every work of art has a story ingrained in it."

Plesa has created an entire project about craftsmen called Fascination of the Craft, where he makes short documentaries about creators like Les and their passion for their work. Anyone can donate to support the initiative.

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