Dainius Strazdas


Leaven pottery cooking pots - National Heritage Product


Most of my life I have dedicated to reconstruction and revival of various pottery techniques. I believe that traditional, historical, and ethnic technologies often do keep hidden treasures, though undeservedly forgotten. Nevertheless, restored, they valuably contribute to new practical and artistic purposes.  Lately I have been experimenting with a leaven pottery technique, which had been popular in medieval Vilnius. This technique is unusual as the fully heated vessel is immersed into a particular leaven. Leaven may be made of wheat, rye, and pea flour, oatmeal, beetroot juice, or cabbage juice. The technique is organic and eco-friendly. Items, made by applying this technique, will never be the same – one always gets unique patterns, like those of frost on a windowpane. Dark streaks and spots on the surface of the vessel can allude to mineral jasper, the patterns of Damascus steal, the sea, either storming or tranquil, or to our dreamy clouds. Our forefathers had used leaven ceramics for food. However, above all, the leaven pottery does offer mostly unlimited opportunities for creative improvisation.

                                                                                                Dainius Strazdas

                                                                                                   Ceramics artist

                                                                                         “Vilnius Potters’ Guild”, Director

Association ”The Court Artisans”, President 

Cultural heritage expert, restorer for ceramic/clay constructions


Vilniaus puodžių cechas

Paupio str. 2-20, LT-01202 Vilnius, Lithuania

Phone +370 6 599 90 40 

E-mail: dainiuskeramika@gmail.com

Skype: dainius.strazdas




Our studio: http://www.panoramas.lt/m_katalog.php?p_id=1561&lg=2


  “A leaven pottery cooking pot has become an inseparable part of our family's kitchen. The pot provides our stews with a unique taste, either prepared on ember at our cottage, or in an electric oven at home. The pot itself contains quite a range of our family preferences: food quality, tradition, ecology, durability, and aesthetics. The pot with steaming food decorates our festive table, and always surprises guests. At the same time, leaven pottery has become one of our favorite gifts to our gourmet friends.”


Ph. D. Donatas Brandišauskas

Associated Professor of Anthropology

Senior Research Fellow

Faculty of History

Vilnius University, Lithuania