Magušar’s house in Radovljica faces the town square and is almost parallel with Trubar Street. It is actually a house, which has transformed itself through the centuries from three buildings connected by a historically important 16th century arcade hall into a single dwelling. Over the centuries various owners have lived here; at the beginning of the 19th century this was the Hudovernik family and from the beginning of the 20th century it belonged to the Fürsagers, and later the Magušars. Leopold Fürsager, who moved to Radovljica from Ljubljana was a land-owner and a trader. He had a coffee shop on the ground floor of the house. His only daughter Vera married Ivan Magušar from a family of ironworkers and entrepreneurs from Kropa. Their grandson, who now inhabits the house is an industrial designer and a ceramicist. In his workshop he creates vessels and decorative objects after the designs of former Upper Carniola ceramicists from ancient times through the Middle Ages and beyond. He also sells them. At the same time he promotes the ceramic arts. Through various workshops and exhibitions he passes on the knowledge to those who are interested.
On June 28th 2017 Urban Magušar organised an exhibition of ceramics in his house. He showed ceramics from the beginning of the 20th century made in two Upper Carniola centres, Ljubno in Upper Carniola and Komenda, a village between Radovljica and Kamnik. The exhibits were the kind of items which have also been used in the households of Radovljica.
As we can see in this exhibition, the pottery from Ljubno is distinct in its quality, in the colour of the clay, the shapes of the vessels, the colour of the glazes but most by its ornamentation; the reddish background is filled with curving lines in the shape of number eight made in lighter tones. Potbellied mugs were usually glazed in dark green and had fine curves. The pottery from Komenda differs from that of Ljubno by lighter yellow brown and green hues. The painted ornaments in green and brown were made in spiral and wavy lines. The rounded mugs and the pots for lard were embellished with floral motifs.
Urban Magušar has a rich archive of his ancestors. With his help, it has now been digitized by the Municipal Museum of Radovljica.