“The history of the Székely people (a subgroup of the Hungarians in Romania) can be documented from the 12th century. According to medieval chronicles, the Székelys were descended from the Huns (….)They fought in the vanguard of the Hungarian army.” Wikipedia
Beyond the forest at the foot of the Carpathians, Székely Land is a true experience. A magical journey through the time of legends, a wonderful crossing of an area that knows a lot about a certain European history.
Korond is famous for its ceramics. A visit here is essential for anyone interested in Transylvanian craftsmanship. The town mainly consists of a large avenue lined with shops overflowing with pots, dishes, plates and other decorative pieces with traditional shapes and patterns. However that’s not what we were looking for that day, wandering in the rain. A stubborn intuition made us hope for a meeting with Árpád Páll. For weeks now, we had been admiring his tall chimneys, a highly technical installation of ceramic tiles. We tried phoning without success and searched in vain for an address which took us nowhere. Just as we were leaving disappointed, a last desperate attempt proved to be a success. The Hungarian language was an obstacle, but « Rompetrol» was our gateway for a meeting at a petrol station. A man came to collect us. He is young and strangely handsome. Our car follows his to a muddy parking lot. The ground floor of the modest family home is a workshop. Night falls, a dog barks and the children are hungry. Árpád Páll calls an English speaking friend who sends his girlfriend for the simultaneous translation of an extraordinary conversation. We visited the site of a future hotel located on the other side of the garden and our host tells of the dream he had the night before. Some French people came to visit him, offering to show his work in Paris. Listed by Unesco, his know-how and aesthetic talent are breathtaking. Árpád Páll learned his art from the greatest masters. He moulds, paints and bakes the elements of his construisions at home before installing them in situ.
Nagyon köszönöm Zoltan & Beata.
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