Ivan Dobrev

Ivan Dobrev’s fascination with Troyan ceramics derives from the two main poles characteristic of this particular style: an outstanding technical achievement perfected through age-old tradition and the ingenious simplicity of its colour pattern drawings and figures. The object of his research is to achieve similar results in the discipline of contemporary sculpture by using the methods of Troyan ceramics. Its objective is to explore and find out new ways of aesthetical approach to form and colour in the field of sculptural art. In the course of his development as an artist he has been exploring the technical aspects of this typical folk art, and has taken an interest in the encoded meaning and message of its symbols. During the last years, he has developed a number of works made of glazed ceramics.