Our first stop is Saschiz, where Saxons began to settle at the beginning of the XIV century. The Evangelical Church is one of the most beautiful fortified churches in Transylvania built around 1493 by the German Saxon community, and it is also here that the famous blue Saschiz pottery was born in 1702. Saschiz is part of the UNESCO world heritage and today we are here to do some interviews, discuss with the artisans, listen (and record) this time and this wonderful landscape.
May 14, 2021
In Saschiz we had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Dorothea of Saxon origins and who has always lived in Saschiz. It was a long and pleasant meeting, we talked with her about the different Saxon communities, we had the pleasure of listening to the Saxon language and their different dialects, their sound and folk traditions and the hard work that needs to be done every day to protect and enhance the territory and the community. It was a pleasant and very important meeting because it makes us better understand who works every day and knows the territory better than anyone else.
Dorothea works for the ADEPT Foundation, “founded in 2004, a biodiversity conservation and rural development NGO based in Saschiz. ADEPT has been working for the last 14 years to protect the nature-rich, farmed landscapes of Transylvania and to support the traditional farming communities who have created them over centuries and who maintain them today.
The foundation ADEPT is to aim is to give these landscapes and communities an economic future and relevance in the 21st century without sacrificing their sustainability and productivity. These landscapes are in fact an important model more widely in Europe.
May 14, 2021
Marinel is the alchemist behind the Saschiz blue and white pottery. Ceramics are fragile and go through intense heat to gain resistance. If one element in the formula goes wrong, the ceramic cracks and hours of work are torn to pieces. Marinel worked his magic and created for us ceramic magic flutes that we cannot wait to integrate in our first sound sculpture.
May 15, 2021
The Saschiz church is the biggest fortified church in the region. The church is an essential element in keeping the community together and every two weeks there is a religious service in German throughout which the organ is also played. We were lucky enough to be allowed to try the organ, a magical experience.
May 15, 2021
Last Sunday morning we had the chance to participate to the Pentecost religious service in the Saschiz church. We started by climbing all the way up in the Saschiz tower, which was already refreshing. This is where the three bells anouncing the ceremony expect to be rang in a very precise ritual – at 9:15, at 9:30, at 9:45 and at 10:00 together, each time for 5 minutes. Feeling the sounds and the vibration of the bells from so very close was an incredible and even more refreshing experience. At 10:00 we entered the church and for one hour we felt completely connected to the chants, words and magical organ notes. Thank you Saschiz.
May 16, 2021
Elena is one of the artisans we have worked with for our project. She learned to weave by helping her mother do the traditional dowry for her siblings. The most challenging part about her craft is the grate patience and care it requires, but she thinks this is not difficult to overcome when you love what you do. She is involved in the community and taught other girls to weave. As she puts it, without traditions there is no identity.
May 22, 2021
Working with leather is, for Ana-Maria Nistor, a way of life. She learned the craft from her father and is now carrying it forward. She says it’s the craft that chose her and not the other way around. We are honored that Ana worked with us on this project.
May 23, 2021