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Unveiling of the plaque of Géza Jakó

 

Géza Jakó (Szentes, 4.1.1886 – Budapest, 19.10.1943) ceramic artist, professor, graduated from the Institute of Teachers and the Hungarian College of Fine Arts in 1908. With sponsorship provided by the state, he participated in study tours in Western Europe and learned more about different textile, graphic and ceramic procedures in the German, Dutch and English laboratories.

 

After finishing his studies, he worked in the Zsolnay factory from 1910, later in his own studio. After his first exhbition abroad (Helsinki, 1921), he was invited by the Estonian minister of culture to Tallinn, where he organized and between 1923-1934 led the education on ceramics in the predecessor of the Estonian Academy of Arts.  Due to his efforts, a modern ceramics studio was developed and the studying of local materials began, creating the technological foundations for this field. In 1933, with his contribution the first Estonian study material was also prepared.

 

After returning home, he taught ceramics technology and silicate chemistry in the College of Applied Arts from 1938. He took part regularly in exhibition both at home and abroad with his own works. His work and scientific publications in the field of chemistry and clay industry has given him a recognition beyond the borders of his home country.

 

As a token of appreciation for his work in Estonia, a plaque commemorated professor Jakó since 2002 in the Estonian Academy of Arts. During the rebuilding of the Academy and moving to different premises, the plaque went missing, but with the help of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, it could now be remade. The new plaque will commemorate the professor's work in the new building of the Academy at Põhja puiestee 7.

 

The unveiling of the new plaque take place on 10th October at 4pm in EKA, where H.E. Kristóf Forrai, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary's opening speech Hungarian-Estonian ceramic artist Urmas Bereczki will present the life and works of professor Jakó. We welcome our guests with a glass of wine of this occassion.

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