Relief Technique Painted Turquoise Ceramic 3" Mini Bowl from Turkey

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Whether you need a little bowl for condiments or dipping bread, a place to hold rings or change, or a little decorative pop of color, these mini bowls are the perfect choice. They're small but mighty with designwork that's simply breathtaking.

The relief method of decorating ceramics is 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. 

The North American Turkish Trade Organization was established in 1985 in an effort to help skilled artisans from small communities find an outlet 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. 

  • Made by hand in Turkey
  • Hand painted ceramic
  • Bowl measures 1-1/2" tall x 3-1/4" diameter
  • Food safe, lead free
  • Dishwasher safe, hand wash recommended
  • Not for use in microwave

**Pictures are representative of possible patterns. Since each bowl is hand painted, every one will be unique. Please contact for patterns available if desired.**


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