Exhibtion-sale of Georgian enamel art "Minankari" in Gallery "Mākslas Banka" in the framework of the Days of Tbilisi - “Tbilisoba” in Riga, organized by the Embassy of Georgia to the Republic of Latvia, displaying works - earrings, necklaces, as well as small enamel paintings - of two Georgian Artists - Nino Jgenti and Tamta Alkhazashvili.
The history of enamel art in Georgia dates back to the 4th century BC and the tradition of the Minankari craft is still continued. This is a very consuming and complex process resulting in vivid and bright jewelry.
"It is the finest and the most complex form of art. Gold, silver and copper are used as the base," says jewelry designer Nino Jgenti, "everything is made by hand, fired in a kiln, reaching 800-degree temperature, then an intermediate layer is formed from the thinnest thread and only then many enamel layers are applied."
"I brought to the exhibition silver jewelery and small enamel paintings, which demonstrate one of the oldest techniques of applied arts," says jewelry designer Tamta Alkhazashvili. "Drawings and ornaments are made of different materials - ceramic, glass, stone. In my works I use special materials from the north of Italy, combined with gold, silver and precious stones."
In the 20th century enamel art experienced its revival. Today, in particular unique enamel jewelery - medallions, earrings, rings and other items made in the exquisite ancient technique, is one of the reasons for the growth of tourism in Georgia.
General Sponsor of the "Tbilisoba" celebration was Georgian Mineral Water "Borjomi". The celebration was also supported by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Tbilisi Center of Cultural Events of the Tbilisi City Municipality, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, Riga City Council, Great Guild, Company “OlainFarm”, Air Company “AirBaltic”, Restaurant & Bar “Locale”, Agency “Artist”, Agency “Happy Nation – The Art of happiness”, ITA Consultant Ltd., Creativity mecca and Gallery "Mākslas Banka".
Foto: Ieva Lūka, Leta