Pottery Making Cappadocia


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Pottery is the ceramic material which makes up its wares of which major types include earthenware, stoneware, and porcelain. It is made by forming a clay body into objects of a required shape and heating them to high temperatures in a kiln that remove all the water from the clay, which induces reactions that lead to permanent changes including increasing their strength and hardening and setting their shape. A clay body can be decorated before or after firing. Before some shaping processes, clays must be prepared. Kneading helps to ensure even moisture content throughout the body. Air trapped within the body needs to be removed. This is called de-airing and can be accomplished by a machine called a vacuum pug or manually by wedging. Wedging can also help produce even moisture content. Once the body has been kneaded and de-aired or wedged, it is shaped by a variety of techniques. After shaping it is dried and then fired.

Pottery Making in Cappadocia

Still holding true to the influences of design stemming from the Ottoman state; Turkey built an exceptional reputation for ceramic production in traditional style and spirit. The traditional practice of making Turkish Ceramics is applied by many artists. Turkish Ceramics Art with its color and design characteristics has made a tremendous impact throughout the ages. In Anatolian Seljuk architecture there was a clear influence in the ceramic decorative arts. The impact was clearly reflected in the town of Avanos. Ceramics have been a traditional handicraft in Avanos probably since Hittite Era, 2000 - 1500 BC. Today this central Anatolian town has carried this tradition into the 21st century.

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