The tradition of pottery-making in the city of Avanos dates back to the time of the Hittite dynasty. The city lies along the Kizilirmak river and red clay, the source of material for pottery-making, is particular to the region.
Of about 30 pottery shops in Avanos, I went to Sirça ceramics, a family-owned enterprise employing about 100 people, located outside the city centre and inside a 700-year old cave. Most of the designs are from Hittite and Greek mythologies, as well as Byzantine, classic Iznik and Kütahya.
There are less expensive ceramics sold in the shops that dot the city centre, but the quality is not as good. You might want to haggle the price…
Contact Sirça Ceramics at: 0384 511-3686
Mulberry tree at the entrance of Sirça’s cave
Ancient clay pots
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