Biography of Some of the Prominent Potters of Lalejin
Haj Asgar Ali Asgari
My name is Asgar Ali Asgari and I was born in Lalejin in 1929. I am 87 years old and have 5 sons. I started working in the earthenware factories at the age of 6 in Lalejin. One of them was martyred during imposed war between our country and Iraq and my oldest son is working with me in the factory. Due to the fact that my factory is one of the oldest in Lalejin the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Office of Hamadan recognized it as an ancient remnant and registered it in the National Remnants of Iran with the number of 9673.
My works mainly concentrate on producing big crocks, used for food preservation, and big vases and by now many famous people including actors have visited my factory and I had several interviews with Islamic Republic Media and some other documentary makers. I love my job and I ask God to give me the power to stay in it to the end of my life.
My name is Yahya Minaee.I started learning pottery long ago from some experienced and skilful masters named: Sadeq, Moharam Ali and Seyyed Baqer and I learnt how to make different ceramics and potteries.
In 1957 I started to work in Hamadan which was painting on different ceramics and glasses and by now I have trained around 33 young people in this province and I was given 96 citations for my works.
I hope the Heritage Office would make it possible to give me the chance of having a large factory so that I can transfer this art which is the result of 62 years of experience to the young people of this province.
Morteza Minaee Jalil
My name is Morteza Minaee Jalil and I was born in 1943 in Lalejin. I loved painting and pottery from my childhood and it was from those days that I started to learn pottery and painting from two great masters named Islamian and Hamidi. I used to work in the daytimes and study at nights and by now I have participated in around 40 handicrafts exhibitions.
This is Ali Mohammadi, born in 1948 it is 54 years that I am working on pottery in Lalejin and despite my old age I am still working in the factories.
Mohammad Eslam Panah
My name is Mohammad Eslam Panah and was born in 1944 and my specialty is painting and drawing on glazed potteries that were baked in high temperature. From my early age I loved painting, calligraphy and miniature paintings on potteries as well as sculpture. Having a crowded and poor family my father couldn’t afford to send me to learning classes as learning from the great masters was expensive and the ordinary masters weren’t very good so I decided to work on my own and learn the art by myself. I started to work when I was 16 and I left school at the first grade of high school then after ten years I started to study again and I managed to get my diploma in math. I am working because of the strong passion that that I have for this art and don’t like to sell my works and now after 53 years of engraving my only thing that I am proud of is that I have learnt the art from no one and my skills owe to nobody. After 50 years f teaching I have trained around 73 people who are all masters now and in some cases even better than me.