The art of pottery in Suzdal


Many artifacts can still be found in the history-rich soils and help to retell the city’s thousand-year history and the key role it once played in trade. Each year buried fragments of tools, jewelry and pottery are discovered, and not always by archeologists!

The historic town of Suzdal was first mentioned in manuscripts dating back to 1024, leading researchers to believe that the town was founded no later than in the 10th century, almost immediately following the formation of the Russian state. Suzdal is conveniently located on the bank of the Kamenka River, which once served as a key trade route and undoubtedly contributed to the city’s prosperity. Suzdal quickly became one of the largest trade and industrial centres in Northeast Russia. Many artifacts can still be found in the history-rich soils and help to retell the city’s thousand-year history and the key role it once played in trade. Each year buried fragments of tools, jewelry and pottery are discovered, and not always by archeologists! Many artifacts have been uncovered, for example, as builders set foundations for new homes. This is exactly what happened several years ago and the clay dishware that was discovered was given to a local museum. Coincidentally, a pottery studio then opened nearby. RTG TV host Olga Degtyareva visited this studio to find out how modern-day potters continue to promote this ancient and traditional craft.