The magic of ancient Russian porcelain1.5 hoursAdults 500-750 rubles, children 400-600 rubles
Discover the famous blue and white Gzhel porcelain in this tour, which combines a visit to the factory and the museum. Learn how the artisans actually paint their items with cobalt oxide, which is black, while the foundation is not white but bright pink... During the tour you will witness artisans turning clay into objects with a distinctly Russian flavour in a process that involves the clay being literally passed from hand to hand. Your experience of watching pieces being made will inform your visit to the museum, which features 2,000 items tracing the history of Gzhel porcelain from the 14th century to the present day. One of the most touching parts of the exhibition traces the journey of an artisan from learning to draw as a child to becoming a true artisan. Tour prices vary between weekdays and weekends.