Zaharia Bledea, a ceramist from Maramureş has managed to revolutionize the copyright
field in Romania. He has become an inventor with all the necessary paperwork, after
16 years of work, trying to perfect an original finishing technique for objects
made out of ceramic. His efforts have been officially recognized after the State
Office for Inventions and Trademarks granted him with an inventor’s certificate,
issued for “modern ceramics work technique”.
The document issued by the State Office for Inventions and Trademarks also attests
the fact that Zaharia Bledea is the creator of over 45 different types of ceramic
objects, and 150 other derived ones, which means that no other ceramist or pottery
maker has the right to use them without Zaharia’s say so. He says that, for now,
there are no other inventors when it comes to ceramics. He has decided to request
the official protection of his works, when, a few months ago, several Bledea ceramic
works, copied without right, entered the Romanian market. That’s when he decided
to press charges with the Police, which resulted in a still unsolved case file.
The Certificate, Valid for 25 Years
The validity of the certificate that Zaharia Bledea received is 25 years since it’s
date of emission, after which the ceramic and it’s special finishing technique can
be reevaluated and re-registered as an invention either by the author himself, or
by his successors. Even if he would stop creating altogether, after this period
of time passes, the Bledea trademark could still only be used with the permission
of its intellectual property rights owner.
Death, the Start of Creation
Zaharia Bledea says that “I have been working to perfect this product for 16 years”.
So far, he has five inventor’s certificates, and under these circumstances, he
says that he has “a right to call myself the inventor of modern ceramics”.
His story is a special one, having started working frenetically after receiving
a somber diagnosis. According to the doctors, 16 years ago, Zaharia Bledea would
have had only a few months to live. Until then, he had been a scientific researcher,
but he gave up his career in science for one in art.
With the help of the knowledge science had given him, he set out to improve the
way ceramics was decorated, after realizing that, in that field, not much progress
had been made since the
Cucuteni Neolithic ceramic figurines.
Târgu Lăpuş Bowls For A Royal Table
Today, his creations are bought by famous collectors from the entire world, all
amazed at the decorating technique he has thought up. Even Queen Elizabeth the 2nd
of Great Britain has a few Bledea ceramic objects in her collection, some even exhibited
in the Porcelain Room in
Buckingham Palace. In total, four such designs are in her
possession, out of which three bear German designs. These are bigger plateaus, designed
with a blue and white pattern. The royal palace in Great Britain also exhibits a
white bowl from
The maker of these objects says that they are all original, in concept and design
as well as in work technique. The plates have been burned in a special oven, also
invented by the Maramureş artist. Zaharia Bledea says that he uses strictly natural
ingredients, and because of this, his plates and bowls deserve an “ecologic” label.
All his models are registered trademarks with the State Office for Inventions and
Trademarks under the name “Blendea Z Ceramics”. Zaharia Bledea says that he will
not stop here. He has several other projects, through which he wants to establish
new ornamentation techniques, but he will only offer more details after all of his
works have been legally protected in what concerns intellectual property rights.
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