Cappadocia - Visit underground city and discover the history of pottery in Turkey
A half-day visit to Cappadocia's underground city, moonlike land surface, and photographic breaks at the most spectacular points of the area. After our lunch break this time, there is the chance to learn about one of the oldest arts of the World that humanity practiced: Pottery and Tile making in the lovely town of Avanos.
The history of pottery in Turkey is a long one that began during the Stone Age. Excavations at Catalhoyuk have provided us with examples of glazed ceramic vases and plates containing unique Hittite artwork that reflects insight into their ancient culture. The Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Selcuk Turks, and Ottoman Turks continued the production of ceramic pottery, benefiting from the raw materials kaolin, clay, and calcite plentiful throughout much of Anatolia, especially Cappadocia.
The artisans have recently ventured to create new looks in their tiles and pottery by doing plates in the Iznik, Family, and Silk designs with the outer border of the plates decorated with a unique art style. That makes the artworks look like it has needlework woven into the dish. The tile maker in Avanos also paints the “family” or "Aile" design on their vases and plates. This is done by the artisan using a tube similar to a cake icing tube to raise intricate various techniques. Avanos tiles and pottery is not unique compared to other pottery in the world, but it is also unique in Turkey! The potters pride themselves on their creativity and skill.
Visit a long-time family-owned tile production center where we will have a seminar given by the experts and see all phases of tile production, from picking up the clay from the banks of the Kizilirmak river to designing glazing baking the tiles in the furnace. Will allow trying to produce pottery or a plate through 4000 years will give old methods to those interested in doing so.