Haban Ceramics

At the end of the 16th and beginning of the 17th century the Haban ethnic group had to escape from Switzerland and Netherlands due to its religious doctrines /they were Anabaptists/. Part of them found refuge in Upper Hungary. Many of them were skilled-handed potters who prepared several ceramic pots /bowls, clay jars, water and spice holders/ to the wealthy families who gave shelter to them. Haban potters took /mainly delfti/ decoration elements from the Netherlands, which were then combined with the Hungarian ornamentation of the period. This resulted in forming the special Haban motif treasury also unique in Europe. Typically, animal figures, flower and plant motifs were painted on a white glazed base in 4 colours /ochre, green, blue and manganese/. Later genre pictures also appeared. Almost all objects include texts / year of manufacturing, name or initials of manufacturer or buyer /.

The manufacturing technology has preserved its old manufacture-like nature up to now. The burnt ceramics is dipped by hand, then decoration elements are applied to the raw glazed base by hand painting before the second burning. Naturally, all glazes and paints are in accordance with food-health regulations thus they are suitable for storing and consuming drinks and foods in or from them.