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Blue Hand Painted Ceramic Plate from Turkey

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Take your dinner from plain to pizazz with our stunning hand painted dinnerware from Turkey! Hand painted one piece at a time, they make a beautiful dinner plate, serving plate, or as a gift with fresh baked cookies!

Skilled artisans from small communities around Turkey, are known for their remarkable artistry. Using techniques that have been practiced for generations, they can achieve a stable income while celebrating the rich artistic heritage of the region. The relief method of decorating ceramics is one of those techniques. It's very complex and must be done patiently and slowly. The pigments are mixed with clay slip as well as glaze in a traditional formula. Using a special brush, the artist applies the pattern one line, dot, and flower at a time. The painted pieces are fired first at 850-950 degrees, then a second time after being coated with a mixture of quartz, glaze, and sodium carbonate. This second step is the tricky part to the process. If the heat is too low, the glaze will not convert and the ware will shine. If the heat is too high, the colors run, smudging the design. If the kiln cools too quickly, the glaze will crack. It's only at the perfect temperature for just the right amount of time, with a slow cool that their artistry shines through. 

  • Made by hand in Turkey
  • Hand painted ceramic
  • Plate measures 9-7/8" diameter
  • Food safe
  • Hand wash 
  • Not for use in microwave
  • Since each plate is painted individually, subtle differences will occur in color placement and details, adding to the character of each piece

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