Turkey has been famous for excellent faience (colored tilework) since the 16th century, when the kilns of İznik turned out some of the most beautiful work ever made. The classic İznik pieces are now classified as antiquities and may not be exported, but the master potters of Kütahya are still making excellent plates, bowls, cups, tiles and other items in the traditional way. They're sold all over Turkey for prices from a few US dollars to several hundred, depending on the item and its quality.
Best Ceramic Shops in Istanbul:
Iznik Works Ceramics
Iznik Works has been a trusted name in Turkish ceramics for years, located in Grand Bazaar, and featuring a vast selection of reproductions of Seljuk and Ottoman works. There are 4 locations to choose from in the Grand Bazaar so don't miss out on this shop that brings history and traditional artwork together for it's customers.
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Best Ceramic Shops in Cappadocia
Kybele Boutique Ceramics
Kybele Boutique Ceramics is a great option to explore more of Turkey’s famous handmade pottery. Fittingly located in Avanos, Cappadocia, home of the world’s first discovered ceramic creations, Kybele Boutique does an excellent job of blending the rich ceramic heritage of the region with an engaging look at the process quite literally “first hand”. Visitors can enjoy Kybele Boutique’s beautiful pottery store and gallery while witnessing the masters create both modern and ancient designs. The staff and artists are extremely friendly and encourage visitors to join in the process by trying their own hand at the wheel!
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Among the list of popular Turkish ceramics is:
- Ceramic Bowls
- Ceramic Plates
- Ceramic Tea Pots
- Ceramic Coasters
- Ceramic Breakfast Sets
- Ceramic Coffee Cups and Sets
- Ceramic Vases
Here I am showing off my handmade framed ceramic, portraying the skilled Ottoman archers hunting "Geyik", an ancient breed of Anatolian deer called Fallow today. Interestingly enough the breed is all over the world now but originated in the Taurus Mountains near Antalya, Turkey. The Turkish Game Department has protected this species and have several hundred of the deer protected in large areas just outside of Antalya in the mountains.