Considered unique in Europe, the white pottery of Vadu Crișului was also called “Romanian kaolin”. Specialists believe that pottery, a traditional occupation hundreds of years old, is the essence of folk art in the Padurea Craiului area. In general, potters produced: pots, narrow-necked jugs, pots for cabbage rolls, harpoons – pots with lids, for food or milk, water cans, strainers, candle holders or decorative vessels. At the request of the authorities, in Vadu Crișului, 13 Dacian-inspired pinches, 1.40 meters high, were made. Some of them became decorative elements in the gardens of the Cotroceni palace in Bucharest.
In 1938, there were no less than 90 families in the locality who took care of pottery. Today, only three families still practice this craft.
By purchasing ceramic objects from Vadu Crișului you can contribute to preserving this tradition.
Maria Poli’s pottery workshop can be visited with a prior appointment, made at least 48 hours before the visit, at +40 743 385 100.
The T5 cycle tourism route “Pădurea Craiului and its jewels” passes through Vadu Crișului commune.
On the route Oradea – Cluj (E60)
Topa de Criș – Vadu Crișului
On the route Oradea – Deva (E 79)
Beiuș – Delani – Petreasa – Remetea – Căbești – Roșia – Damiș – Bratca – Bălnaca – Șuncuiuș – Vadu Crișului
On the route Cluj – Oradea, through Vadu Crișului station