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  1. Its a pity that the existing (and recently extinct) pottery traditions of Croatia aren't cherished by government or public there. There are still potters at Potravlje near Sinj, although those who worked until recently in Lika were better. THese potters worked on hand-wheels, but foot wheel potters operated at Rastoki near Korlovac (in Jastrebarsko muzej) until a few years ago, and there are still potters near Varazdini. None of the traditional potters were respected by government at any level - government is too keen to show Croatia as shiny and modern, so ignores what makes it interesting and distinctive. These were/are all traditions making domestic pottery for kitchen use, but they also had artistic merit (even more so those from nr Visoko in Bosnia, many examples of which are held in the Zagreb ethnographic museum stores). I don't think money explains the poor state of pottery (and most other artisitc expressions and traditional crafts) in Croatia - all of these local traditions could have been adapted, and could still be adapted. It is mainly a matter of interest, and there are some excellent clays in Croatia which can be dug by anyone; also excellent climate and wood resources for pottery. It is a matter of having sufficient interest and desire to make beautiful things, and not be afraid to work at something traditionally associated with the 'impoverished peasantry'.
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