Tuesday, January 23, 2007

potters of Avanos, in Cappadocia, Turkey

Last September I visited my parents in Turkey. They took me to this place called Cappadocia, in central Turkey, close to Konya. This place is famous for the unique landscape and history. While we were there, we visited a town called Avanos. This place was known for their pottery and carpet production. Potters there get their clay from natural clay deposits at a near by river bank.
The first photo is a clay sculpture placed in the center of the town, it shows the two main crafts this town is known for. The next photo down is a potter doing a demo on a kick wheel. Third photo is a potter using a jig to make a plate, they do this to speed up production and get consistent results. Next photo is a lady doing very intricate & labor intensive decorations on a plate. This last photo was taken on a near by garden, I'm guessing these were the rejected pots. Its great to see similar techniques being used in a small town, in a different country, thousands of miles away.

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