Born in Rishtan (Uzbekistan) in 1954, Rustam Usmanov is a first-generation pottery designer. In 1980 he graduated from Tashkent Institute of Theatre & Arts, Department of Industrial Graphic Arts. After graduation he returned to his home in Rishtan and began working with ceramics. Rustam is a passionate ceramic master and he participated in numerous exhibitions in many parts of the world.
Besides leading his own ceramics workshop he is also mastering the artistic heritage of the old school of ceramics, investigates the artefacts discovered at archaeological expeditions in the area and recreates the lost ornaments. His artistry combines the knowledge of the folk traditions and high professionalism.
Handing over his knowledge and skills to future generations has been a big part of his life since many years. Family members and students are learning and working in Rustam’s workshop as well. This leads to a big variety of ceramic designs as every person brings in his or her own style. A small signature at the downside of each product stands for the person who created it. Today, his son Damir is getting introduced in order to continue the success story of Rustam’s ceramic workshop.