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Avanos, Cappadocia, Turkey - A tour of Turkey will likely include a stop at a local ceramics shop. We dropped by Firca Ceramics Cappadocia located in Avanos. This large shop is located in a natural area carved completely in the rock.
Ceramics has been in the Firca family for over 250 years. They have their own ‘ceramics education’ and anyone wishing to be a master potter has a lengthy and strenuous training period ahead of them - well over nine years of training with extremely difficult examinations. Read more about the process here.
These are some of the sights along the indoor paths that lead to the workshops, demonstration rooms and showrooms. No artifical construction has been used in this center - it is all natural and carved out of the surrounding rock.
Here, an artist works with white clay - carrying on the tradition of ceramic culture of the Anatolia region.
A closer look at a couple of the artists at work that create these beautiful pieces of art.
A look at the flywheel used in the demonstration room. The wheel is set spinning with just a few kicks by the potter’s foot and spins allowing the potter to form the clay with his hands into beautiful pieces of art.
Next - a closer look at some of the gorgeous ceramics at Firca Ceramics.