15 Latvian and international artists come together in the Ceramic Laboratory

From 1 to 18 May, Daugavpils takes centre stage in the ceramic art world as it hosts the 12th Ceramic Laboratory, an international symposium that welcomes domestic and international artists into an atmosphere of vibrant creativity and sharing.

Nowadays, ceramics has become a broad umbrella concept, although, in instrumental terms, it is still primarily associated with clay. In different languages and traditions, ‘clay’ is a catch-all for every ceramic material, from porcelain to stoneware and so many more. Today, ceramics cuts across the disciplines of pottery, design, sculpture, and beyond. In the symposium context, it brings together artists who have chosen it as their medium.

This year’s symposium team includes Robert Buček (Czechia), Ilona Romule (Latvia), Otar Vepkhvadze (Georgia), Rima Leipuvienė (Lithuania), Srinia Chowdhury (India), Diāna Boitmane (Latvia), Lilija Zeiļa (Latvia), Una Gura (Latvia), Ilona Abdulajeva (Latvia), Nellija Dzalba (Latvia), Kristīne Nicmane (Latvia), Ayhatun Ateşin (Cyprus), Kaan Canduran (Turkey), Alicja Buławka-Fankidejska (Poland) and Dmitrij Buławka-Fankidejski (Poland).

The symposium programme is a rich blend of activities that offers the participants time and space for individual creative work in ceramic studios mixed with multiple public events such as master classes, lectures, and exhibition openings.


Pasākumu programma


From 2 May / 4METRI Gallery, 8 Hospitāļa Street/

The symposium’s inaugural exhibition


Wednesday, 8 May, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. / Rothko Museum, 3 Mihaila Street /

Public presentations by symposium participants


Thursday, 9 May, 6:30 p.m. / LAMA DAZZ Studio, 4 Hekeļa Street /

NERIKOMI JEWELLERY: workshop by Eleonora Pastare

Book your place: lamadazzstudio@gmail.com, +371 28257603


Sunday, 12 May through Wednesday 15 May /Latvian Centre for Contemporary Ceramics, 8 Hospitāļa Street/

Kiln firing workshops

Book your place: +371 20207533


Thursday, 16 May, 6:30 p.m. / LAMA DAZZ Studio, 4 Hekeļa Street /

Porcelain painting workshop by Ilona Romule

Book your place: lamadazzstudio@gmail.com, +371 28257603


Friday, 17 May /Rothko Museum, 3 Mihaila Street/

              2 p.m. LITOPHANES: lecture by Ilona Romule (in Latvian and English)

              4 p.m. CERAMIC LABORATORY EXHIBITION: opening event

Alicja Buławka-Fankidejska (Poland). POSSIBLE FORMS: solo exhibition opening (Martinsons House)

              Viacheslav Pasynok (Ukraine). HOPE THROUGH CHILDREN’S EYES


Saturday, 18 May, 11 p.m. /Martinsons House courtyard/

Dmitrij Buławka-Fankidejski (Poland). Kiln firing and sculpture reveal


Wednesday, 29 May, 7 p.m. / LAMA DAZZ Studio, 4 Hekeļa Street/

Porcelain painting workshop by Ineses Brants

Book your place: lamadazzstudio@gmail.com, +371 28257603


The symposium is organised by the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Ceramics in cooperation with the Rothko Museum and LAMA DAZZ Studio.


Financial support: State Culture Capital Foundation, Cultural Programme for Latgale and Daugavpils City Council.