Each summer, the Cucuteni 5000 Pottery Fair comes to town. It takes place in a beautiful park, under the cool shadows on old trees. It is a time of peace. When you walk into the fair, you just don't know what to look at first, because each craftsman welcomes you with a wonderful selection of his own pottery.
Through the years, I've learned to recognize the craftsmen's place of origin just by looking at their designs and colors. For example, the Harghita masters have their blue plates and the huge vases; the Horezu ones are well-known for their trademark cock, and the Moldavians play with striking designs in black and white.
You can shop for anything your heart desires: plates, pitchers and bowls, ornamental vases, little ceramic birds, flutes, chimes and bells, even little ceramic shoes are in order. My fvorite are the special 3-neck bottles, beautifully covered in intricate traditional designs. What are they good for, you ask? Well, the man of the house keeps his best home-made brandy in it!
And each year, the old trees receive the customers under their high branches.