Fair Trade Nicaraguan Pottery Handmade Small Turtle Vase by A Different ApproachThis is an example of Nicaraguan pottery - a handmade Small Turtle Vase.

Saturday, 21 June 2008

Turkish Ceramics

The art of ceramics in Turkey reached its zenith during the time of the Ottoman Empire. The centre of the ceramic industry was at Iznik. The artisans at Iznik worked to the order of designs prepared at the Ottoman court.

During the classical era of Turkish art in the second half of the 16th century, Iznik ceramics flourished. But from the beginning of the 17th century, as the political situation gradually changed, Iznik began to lose its financial suppport, and the artisans who produced the ceramics were dispersed, taking away with them their secret techniques.

By the 18th century Kutahya became the centre of ceramic art in Turkey.
Handmade Turkish iznik tile from Istanbul
Handmade iznik tile, Istanbul, Turkey
Credits: Scott MacLeod Liddle

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