"Saint Mary" Monastery
Bizantine Icons Workshop
17 But the mercy and loving-kindness of the Lord are from everlasting to everlasting upon those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him, and His righteousness is to children's children.
18 To such as keep His covenant [hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying it] and to those who [earnestly] remember His commandments to do them [imprinting them on their hearts].
19 The Lord has established His throne in the heavens, and His kingdom rules over all. (Ps.103, 17 - 19)
Saint Mary Monastery has an especially made
place as painting and sculpture workshop where the nuns paint Byzantine icons using tempera technique.
The handicraft made by the nuns in the painting
and sculpture workshop is one of the most important income sources of the monastery.
It is the God's grace and the divine inspiration
that glide and guide the nuns? hands to transform the raw material into
icons of unspoken beauty.
The handicraft made here are of high diversity
due to the techniques used. Thus, the icons painted on wood are either made by using the natural-rustic
technique when the original shape and form of the wood is not modified at all or in the
traditional-classic way by using the standard technique whereby the icons have the rectangular
form of pictures in general.
Here, in this painting and sculpture workshop
icons can be re-conditioned, there are icons painted on ostrich eggs and
paintings for churches' interiors, as well as mural paintings are made.
Icons are not the only handicraft made in the
workshop as the nuns are unsurpassed in making rosaries, book signs and
painted eggs, as well as and in the art of Gobelin tapestry embroidering,
handicraft that need remarkable patience and uncommon skill.
In the painting and sculpture workshop, the nuns
from the Saint Mary Monastery, together
Culea sculptor, make all kinds of ecclesiastical objects such as:
lecterns, pews, imperial doors, deacons' doors and altarpieces.
If you are interested in purchasing any of
the handicraft or ecclesiastical objects made in the Saint Mary Monastery, please get in touch with us via
e-mail, fax or telephone as shown in the details on the