Ceramics studio "Vāpe"
The studio „Vāpe” has been founded in 1975 and managed for a long time by an artist and docent of the University of Latvia Helga Ingeborga Melnbārde.
„Vāpe” has turned into one of the leading Ceramics studios in Latvia. There has established a successful cooperation with art museums of Kuldīga and Valmiera. Every five years the studio organizes anniversary exhibitions – „Earth”, „Time”, „Beach rhythm”, „Fire”.
The second feature characterizing the studio is related to the research of the traditional cultural heritage of Latvia’s nation, and creative use of modern visual art of plastic forming. This is certified by the exhibition "One sun, one earth" – based on the Latvian folksongs dedicated to sun, "Discoveries" - Neolithic pottery impressions, "X-files" - Latvian incantations and proverbs, and "Bread" – based on Latvian folksongs. The studio “Vāpe” together with the national applied art studio „Rīdze” organized the exhibition "Naughtiness", inspired by Naughty folksongs.