After visiting the exhibition of ceramics, organized by Urban Magušar, we decided to share some glimpses from the history of Magušar's house with you!
Magušar's House, photo: Verena Štekar-Vidic
Magušar's house in Radovljica overlooks the old town square and almost parallel to Trubarjeva street. In fact, it is a house that has grown from three in centuries, connected by a very valuable arcade corridor from the 16th century. Centuries before the house was inhabited by different owners, from the beginning of the 19th century by the family Hudovernik, and from the beginning of the 20th century by the family Fürsager, Leopold Fürsager, who moved to Radovljica from Ljubljana, was a landowner and trader, and he also had a coffee shop in the ground floor market. His only daughter Vera was married to entrepreneur Ivan Magušar from Kropa. Their grandson Urban, who now lives in the house, is an industrial designer of ceramics. In his own workshop he creates containers and decorative products according to the old patterns of previous Gorenjske ceramics from antiquity and the Middle Ages, which he also sells; At the same time, at various workshops and exhibitions, it popularizes the craft and conveys knowledge to all who are interested in it.
On June 28, 2017, Urban Magušar organized an exhibition of ceramics from the beginning of the 20th century from two centers in Gorenjska, Ljubno (Ljubno na Gorenjskem) near Radovljica and Komenda (a village in the direction from Radovljica to Kamnik), as was used by households in Radovljica.
Magušar's House, photo: Miran Kambič.
As could be seen at the exhibition, the products of the Ljubno workshop are characterized by the quality and color of the clay, by the shape of some vessels, the color of polishes, and especially for their decoration, which on a reddish basis meet the waves in the form of eights in lighter tones. Bulbous mugs were usually glazed dark green and finely burnished. The stoneware from Komenda has brighter yellowish and green tones. Painted decorations in green and brown were filled with spirals and waves. The abrasive jugs and grease pots were painted with floral motifs.
Plant of floral decoration, Ljubno workshop, photo: Miran Kambič.
A pire dish, bottle and an insert for a large pie dish, Komenda workshop, photo: Miran Kambič.
Urban Magušar has a rich archive of his ancestors. With his help now it is digitized by the Municipal Museum of Radovljica.