Throughout Turkey, there are a number of pottery makers whose skills are passed down from generation to generation. We went to one of these family businesses in Cappadocia near Göreme Valley to learn about this detailed trade. Beginning with the white clay (Figure 1) made from volcanic ash, we were given a demonstration of how to make pottery from a cast. The most amazing part was the fact that he made a beautiful platter in less than one minute!
Apparently, quartz can be added to the white clay to make the piece stronger. All of the ceramics in their collection is reinforced to provide buyers with the best quality. One of their most prized, one-of-a-kind plates in their collection is their generation plate (Figure 2). Each circular layer of vibrant evil eyes represents a generation of the family.
They have some of the most beautiful patterns in their collections (Figure 3). But these are quite pricey.
The painter working on the platters is also showing off his expertise (Figure 4). So meticulous!
Then they showed us how the red clay pots are made. The best part was that they invited someone from the audience to come give it a try. Jennifer seemed to have a ton of fun, but I believe we all learned that it is a lot harder than it looks (Figure 5)!
There is also a more affordable showroom with ceramics that are just as beautiful, although not quite as detailed (Figure 6).
For this particular family, it was a special day because their dog (Figure 7) that had been stolen 3 months ago actually came home itself! Smart dog!
Tip: You can haggle with them, so get the best price you can!