D I D O
They keep telling us: “Ceramics doesn’t have a heart. Ceramics can’t talk. It is dead”.
We reply confidently and honestly: “Ceramics is more alive than people”.
Let us explain why
A collection of zoomorphic ceramics “DIDO” was born in Kyiv, Ukraine in the workshop of Sergey Makhno. The family became so big, it was scattered all around Ukraine. A ceramic set “DIDO. The Carpathians” lives in the Lanchyn village and consists of 10 members: Dido Vasyl, Dido Mykhas, Dido Pylyp, Ovva!, Tatysho, Liubchyk, Dunia, Afanasiy, Gaida, and Musia. They are bears — the owners of the waters, lions — the guards of the time, and sheep symbolizing fear and its overcoming.
Every hero is a separate story
Every story is a glorification of Ukrainian traditions. They tell us about life in the Carpathians: pastures and forest beasts, trembita, lizhnyks, and valylos, about pottery and bee yards, about bread baking, banosh, and mushroom soup, about woods, rivers, mountains, and meadows.
A ceramic set “DIDO. The Carpathians” is a contrast between the being predicate and sentimental.
These stories let us meet our fears and dreams in order to understand where to go.
Every ceramic item is a handmade artwork made by an artist following the sketches of Sergey Makhno.
Sculpturing, glazing, and burning of one item takes from 2 to 4 weeks of work.
Musia doesn’t like to leave the barn with other sheep. Musia always falls and rolls down the meadows, then she needs to come back to her stock in order to not get lost in the Carpathians woods. She knows all the ways back: the one across the river, and hill, and the Yavirnyk mountain. Musia has a secret — she loves to get lost after she has fallen. In her wanderings, she has already met a mustached laughing bear, a blushing Lembyk at the river, and even Dido Pylyp with trembita. Yet every time Musia comes back to have another chance to roll down the adventures.
Every time when Dido Vasyl tells his stories, everyone shout “Ta ty sho!”, which is a Ukrainian way to say that something sounds unbelievable. One story makes people say that all the time. It’s a story about the bear that laughed.
Once upon a time, at the market, Dido Vasyl heard a joke. It was so funny that Dido threw the bags on the shoulders and ran to his friends to tell them the fresh piece of national humor. He met them at the forest and started to tell Didos the joke in a stuffed up way after a long run. But his friends didn’t hear it properly and sat in silence. Dido Vasyl got disappointed — such a nice joke went to waste! Suddenly, he heard the giggle from the forest. Dido turned around and saw a mustached laughing bear. “Well, at least someone liked it” — Dido Vasyl said to himself, picked up his bags and hot-footed to the village leaving behind terrified Dido Pylyp and Dido Mykhas, running at the meadow.
Old people say that somewhere among the Carpathians woods there is an open-mouthed bear that gets astonished at everything. Several times he was seen sitting at the river bank watching the dance of the fish jumping from under the water. Also, he was noticed at the bee yard of Dido Pylyp — the bear was sitting among the beehives, staring at the bees collecting nectar from the flowers. Several times approached the men sitting around the bonfire and listened to their stories about the forest creatures. That’s why they called the bear “Ovva!” which is a Ukrainian way to say “I can’t believe it!”. Because people have never seen a living creature that would get so astonished with everything around.
Afanasiy loves to sit at the barn and listen to Dido Pylyp playing trembita — a national Carpathians music instrument. It reminds Afanasiy of a young pipe tree body — it’s also very thin and long, but also it sings. Dido Pylyp is playing trembita every time when someone in the village is born, gets married, or dies. Often you can hear when someone in the mountains is playing back to Dido Pylyp’s trembita — that is the shepherd who gives to know where his sheep stock is feeding. Afanasiy always listens to that sound, because it is a stock of his. And then he rolls out to the valleys to tell his brothers and sisters about the songs of today's trembita.
behind the scene
Sergey Makhno Architects is a workshop of contemporary Ukrainian design and architecture that during 16 years of work has completed nearly 600 projects in 17 countries. The company works in three directions: interior design, architecture, and product design. Also, it has its own ceramic production. The studio promotes the style of “Ukrainian contemporary” that combines minimalism, art, Ukrainian traditions, and the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi.