Anetta Tamás Molnár

National Committee: 
Position: 
Former President

Potter, Teacher of Folk games and small trades

Within the folk trades she deals mainly with pottery, however as a playing house leader she is practiced in candle making, processing stringy materials, pearl tacking and –weaving and planking, Her love of the folk arts originates from her grandparents. Her grandfather was one of the last tobacco growers of his time and he was also practiced in different types of folk trades, thus the affection for folk culture and folk arts became an important part of Mrs. Anetta Tamás Molnár’s life during her summer holidays.

She was born in June 1974 in Tatabánya and has lived in Tata since 1985. She got interested in the variegation of clay as a material at the age of 10. In the beginning she made little figurines in plasticine at shcool for different competitions and later she started to work with modurite as her class master Mrs. János Gutay encouraged her to, this way her works became durable, long lasting.

She started to learn the profession better under the hands of József Csiszár in the autumn of 1997 within the frames of pottery training for adults in the Talentum School of Tata. In the next two years she was studying to gain school leaving certificate while she kept practicing in her little workshop, developing her pottery skills. Afterwards she did production throwing for a workshop named Laky Snug. She tried to win the title called The Young Master of Folk Arts in 1999 for the very first time when she first met enthnographer István Csupor. He encouraged her to go to his wife’s (Mrs. Zsuzsa Angyal Csupor) school called Dr. Kresz Mária Foundation where she took a successful examination in pottery in June 2000.

After such successes she decided to carry on studying so she started an accredited pedagogic training the autumn of 2000 after which she became a ’teacher of Folk games and small trades’ by taking a successful examination in the ’Houes of Traditions’ November 2002. In 2001 she went for the title Young Master of Folk Arts again and this time her work was acknowledged with a warrant.

Starting from 2002 she has been teaching pottery for adults in her own workshop. In 2002, 2003 and 2004 she went for the title Young Master of Folk Arts again. After the first two times she was acknowledged by a warrant and finally in 2004 she won the related ministerial honours and was awarded the title ’Young Master of Folk Arts’.

2002 she participated in the 15th National Pottery Competition in Kecskemét, her works were exhibited and later became the property of the local museum. She has been doing pottery courses in the community centre of Naszály and also her own home studio for children and adults since autumn 2002. Thanks to this small community she has been making her own Christmas exhibition here every year since then.

In 2003 she became a member of the Folk Art Association of Fejér County and her works were shown in the National Folk Art Exhibition in the National Gallery. She also took part in the competitions of the 3rd International Pottery Festival and the 14th National Folk Art Exhibition. In 2005 she participated in an exhibition that was organized for the Young Masters of Folk Arts by the Association, after what she made her first separate exhibition in the Vörösmarty Mihály Community Centre in Székesfehérvár and then in the Community Centre of Pusztavám.

In 2006 she was elected as the chair of the Controlling Committee of the association thus becoming a leader member of the Folk Art Association of Fejér County.

For the last 13 years she has been organizing a handicraft camp for children every summer in her home studio where the kids can practice not only pottery but other folk small trades, too.

Her works had been juried since 2001 as a result of what she received the title Folk Artist of Applied Arts in December 2008.

Between 2008-2009 she did pottery courses in the County Community Centre in Székesfehérvár and then in April 2010 she was elected as the chair of Folk Art Association of Fejér County where she has been organizing and executing many folk art events. In September 2011 she invited the handicraft masters of her region into the Handicraft Association of Tata Region so they can introduce themselves and their works within the frames of different events organized around Tata.

She started to organize the annual National Master Potter Meeting of Naszály in April 2009 with the supporting help and cooperation of the local government. The event has been successful every year since then and in 2013 the County Chamber of Trade and Crafts has also started to acknowledge and support the event.

Professional details:
1997-2000 Eötvös József Grammar School
2000-2002 Dr. Kresz Mária Foundation (Faculty of Pottery)
2003 House of Traditions - Teacher of Folk games and Small trades – potter
2004 Young Master of Folk Arts
2006-2010 Chair of the Controlling Committee of the Folk Art Association of Fejér County
2008 Title of Folk Artist of Applied Arts
2010- Chair of the Folk Art Association of Fejér County
2011- Leader of Handicraft Association of Tata Region

Professional experience:
1999- Organizing and holding pottery courses and camps for children and adults in own
2001- Doing pottery courses in the Community Centre of Naszály
2009-2010 Doing pottery courses in the County Community Centre of Székesfehérvár
Member of the Folk Art Association of Fejér County workshop

Exhibitions:
2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 Young Master of Folk Arts Exhibtion – Corvin Square, Budapest
2002 15th National Pottery Festival Exhibition – Kecskemét
2003 Living Folk Arts Exhibition – National Gallery, Budapest
2005 Exhibition of the Young Masters of Folk Arts – County Community Centre, Székesfehérvár
Vörösmarty Mihály Community Centre – Székesfehérvár
Community Centre - Pusztavám
2006-2009 Christmas Exhibition – Community Centre – Naszály
October 2008 Finnish – Hungarian Association, Helsinki
February 2010 Vörösmarty Mihály Community Centre – Székesfehérvár
July 2010 Folklore Centre of Voivodina, Szabadka
September 2010 Mayor’s Office - Mocsa
November 2010 Community Centre – Kocs
December 2010 Folklore Centre of Voivodina, Szabadka
April 2011 Community Centre – Naszály
May 2011 Vörösmarty Mihály Community Centre – Székesfehérvár
November 2013 Vörösmarty Mihály Community Centre – Székesfehérvár
March 2015 Vörösmarty Mihály Community Centre – Székesfehérvár

Works exhibited in public places:
2007 1m sized armour on the front of the Community Centre of Naszály
2010 ’Life Tree’ – on the front of the Naszály kindergarten (3x3,5 m)
2011 ’Vine-stock’ – on the wall of a touristic centre in Szomód (3x3 m)
Christmas Exhibition – Community Centre – Naszály
Pappenheim Castle – Isztimér

Other Activities:
Writing and executing competitions (local, regional and national folk art competitions)
Organizing and executing summer camps
Organizing exhibitions
Organizing and executing courses

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