Marginea black pottery is unique in Europe. Its emblem being the black colour ceramic that is obtained without the use of paints.
Tradition of pottery is old at Marginea (Bucovina, Suceava County), descending to 1500. Some authors appreciate that the black ceramics at Marginea is a Dacian heritage, given the presence of this type of pottery in some Geto-Dacian and Neolithic archaeological sites.
The handcraft of black ceramics has been passed along generations, and now there are only few potters in Marginea.
The "secret" of black ceramics lies in the way of burning. Thus, towards the end of the burning, all the openings of the furnace are closed, and the burning continues to be stifled, the smoke impregnating the surface of the vessels. Grinding with a quartz-rich stone gives a great metallic gloss.
The decoration technique is a traditional one: the pots are polished with a special stone, the traces of the gray on the walls of the pot is mixed with their metallic black.
To this technique is added the use of geometrical motifs and ornaments: spirals, broken lines, fir branches.