I was recently in Istanbul, Turkey and on the first day happened upon a ceramic shoppe near my hotel. I have always appreciated ceramics and it was very easy to tell right away that this store had very fine quality ceramic pieces. I was very tempted to buy and did! The staff were extremely friendly and knowledgeable about their products [ceramics] and their history . All the ceramics are made for their store by the staff and many pieces are traditional but also it is evident that the staff are encouraged to create 'art', as one can find unusual ceramics not seen elsewhere in Turkey. There are three floors to the building and each floor gets better as you ascend the stairs.
You were never pushed to purchase an item and were free to browse as you wished. I visited many ceramic stores while I was in Turkey but always returned to this excellent store
for quality. They have tiles, dishes,bowls,teapots ,seasonal decorations, etc. and even a outdoor stove!
Their address is:Tugra Ceramic Handicraft Center,
Atmeydani Cad. No: 78,
Tel 516 43 43-44
Fax: 516 43 45
Well worth the visit. I will return on my next visit.
You can buy ceramic household items like bowls, vases, plates, pitchers, jugs, cups, mugs, coasters etc.
What to pay Bargain a lot! We paid about 50 USD for a set of ceramic coasters that were medium sized and had a lot of work on it. There are plain versions too with just the design without the embossed effect which cost less.
İznik pottery, named after the town in western Anatolia where it was made, is a decorated ceramic that was produced from the last quarter of the 15th century until the end of the 17th century.
The town of Iznik was an established centre for the production of simple earthenware pottery with an underglaze decoration when in the last quarter of the 15th century, craftsmen in the town began to manufacture high quality pottery with a fritware body painted with cobalt blue under a colourless lead glaze. The meticulous designs combined traditional Ottoman arabesque patterns with Chinese elements. The change was almost certainly a result of the active intervention and patronage by the recently established Ottoman court in Istanbul who greatly valued Chinese blue-and-white porcelain.
Fritware is still produced at Kutahya, about 200 km south of Istanbul, principally for the tourist trade and in imitation of Iznik ware.
What to pay Depends on the size and quality of the ceramic and the pottery.