Zlakusa » Zlakusa | 93 tain, it belongs administratively to the municipality of Užice. Whichever direction you‘re approaching from, the surest sign that you‘re getting close to this village are roadside stallsdisplayingbeautifullyarranged pottery products. Residents of this village today tell stories, preserve traditions and makepottery.Thevesselsmadehere are produced fromclay that‘smixed with a whitish stone-calcite, thus enabling the creation of pots with large dimensions. They are baked over an open fire, which is unique across the entire territoryof theBalkans.Manypeople claimthat food is tastier when prepared in such dishes, and the hard working hands of today‘s potters from Zlakusa don‘t onlymakedishes for thepreparation of food, but also decorative dishes that areusedtoadornrooms around the world. Using the prepared mixture of clay and calcite, vessels are formed on a hand powered wheel. After shaping, the clay is first dried and thenfinelydecorated, which is again done by hand, andfinally baked at a temperature of 870 to 890 degrees. The dishes are baked in a brick kiln for 10 hours and arranging the fire is alsoa genuine skill.The vessels are warmed gradually and it is essential to know how to maintain and monitor the correct temperature... If it happens that the fire overheats, the work will amount to nothing… Zlakusa is a colourful village that has a soul, tradition and a future. It is enticing with its clean air, pristine nature andmeadows filled withmedicinal herbs. It has been so well arranged that today it‘s children are even returning. That‘s why it is said that this village has been glorified by pottery, but also saved by it. The origin of the name Zlakusa is traditionally believed to have come from the old trade route that passed above the village. Fearing bandit raids, merchants would say that the road only became good after one passed through that “evil slope”, referring to the rise above the village U Zlakusi se izrađuju posude od gline, koja se meša sa beličastim kamenom kalcitom, a peku se na otvorenoj vatri The vessels made here are produced from clay that’s mixed with a whitish stonecalcite, baked over an open fire