Day 8 (morning)
Temperature: 10 degrees
Weather: cloudy periods
A visit this morning was made to the "Venessa Seramik Avano" pottery studio in Nevsehir where the art of pottery making was demonstrated to us first hand. Interestingly, this art has been produced by masters of the craft for thousands of years, all of this which I knew but you should have seen the final pottery products at this place…...WOW! $$$ also!
Sitting around the studio, the representative spoke while a local man molded the clay. His expertise at the art was quite obvious just looking at both his hands shaping the clay to its desired height and form as he applied water while one foot spun the wheel on the floor. He had been doing this all his life having learned the trade from his father who learned it from his grandfather who himself had learned it from his father. Call it a family trade!
We were asked if anyone of us wanted to try it. I could have raised my hand and went at the front of the studio to create my very own masterpiece, Michel was even cheering for me, but I declined! Didn't want to get my clothes dirty! No one else went for that matter!
We were then ushered to a room where the pottery, once completely dried up, was fired in a special oven at approximately 1700 degrees Fahrenheit. Interesting facts! Next process was applying the glaze but before this was done, drawings were made on the pottery pieces.
In the room we were now in, several people all artistically talented hand painted drawings of various shapes and images on each of their pottery pieces. Colors were then applied. It was amazing to see them at work but especially to see and realize that so much work and time was put into each of these art objects.
Final stop, the display room where these masterpieces were sold at different prices depending on the size and piece you wanted to buy….and of course, how much you dared to spend! We had half an hour to walk around, check the pieces and to haggle as well. Many pieces were just like the ones I had previously seen in Istanbul at the Spice Bazaar Market but for much more cheaper. Nothing was purchased but the whole experience was quite fun!
Having arrived here at 9:30am, it was 11:00am when we left. We were now leaving the region of Cappadocia…..Cappadocia where we stayed two days and where I had so much fun hiking some of its volcanic fairy-chimneys rocks and cliffs.
A place I’ll never forget…...a place definitely “to see it to believe it” but it was now time to turn the page over……and continue on with my journey across Turkey!