HDI Applauds “Rishtan’s Blue Ceramic: Pearl of Pottery Art of Central Asia” Presented by the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Washington, D.C.

The Humpty Dumpty Institute (HDI) works around the world to inform and foster dialogue amongst critical stakeholders on key global issues. We do this through our programs with the U.S. Congress and the United Nations, engaging young people, supporting cultural diplomacy, and working on humanitarian programs.  

HDI had had strong relations with the Republic of Uzbekistan since 2013 when we organized our first Congressional Delegation to Tashkent.  Since then, we have continued to encourage dialogue between the two countries’ political, economic, and cultural leaders.  Uzbekistan is crucial to peace, security, and prosperity in the entire Central Asia region.

We are pleased to have been included in the opening reception for the exhibition “Rishtan’s Blue Ceramic: Pearl of Pottery Art of Central Asia.” Rishtan is one of the most ancient cities of Uzbekistan and was an important center on the Silk Road.  A unique technology for creating ceramic products was developed in Rishtan, and the city is the only place in the region where this technique continues to flourish.  The ceramics produced in Rishtan are among the most sophisticated in the world.

H.E. Sidikov Furqat Axmedovich, Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the United States, is a tireless promoter of Uzbekistan’s rich culture.  On January 24, 2024, he opened the ceramics exhibition at the Embassy of Uzbekistan, one of the most beautiful buildings in Washington, D.C.  Among those in attendance at the ceremony were Mr. Nicholas Berliner, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russia and Central Asia, National Security Council, The White House; Ms. Marisa Lago, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, and Ms. Änjali Kaur, Deputy Assistant Administrator at USAID. All three officials praised the beauty of the exhibition and discussed the importance of strong U.S./Uzbekistan relations.

HDI lauds Uzbekistan’s program to foster dialogue through the arts, an important tenant of HDI’s mission.

All HDI’s Congressional Programs adhere to regulations set forth by the U.S. House Committee on Ethics and are approved before travel. HDI’s Congressional visits to Uzbekistan are conducted under the authority and regulations of the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchanges Act of 1961.