For ages traditionally pots of many different sizes  and forms for daily use were made in Avanos.  Because of that the throwing technique is mostly developed and used in Avanos.  Especially for people who like to learn or to advance throwing, this is the place to be…

The clay you see allover in the surroundings, give you the feeling of wanting  to touch it, and to do something with it.

The earth has beautiful red, yellow and green hues. 

Of course decorating of the ceramic pieces is very important too, so people who would like to learn decorating techniques will surely be satisfied after a workshop with us.

We work with several red and white clays, mostly earthenwareclays. The designs we use are still often inspired on the old Iznikstyle, an underglaze technique (think about the tiles in the old mosques of for instance the famous architect (mimar) Sinan and palaces like the Topkapı palace dating from the 15th to 17th. century and appreciated all over the world).

In the early 16 the Century blues and turquioses, later all colors of the rainbow were developed and applied. The transparent glaze over the decoration gives after the second firing a colorfull, shiny effect. (look for more info about our ceramics at www.chez-galip.com)

Because in the past 30 years people have more time to experiment with other techniques then the traditional ones, also relief work, sculpting and painting is  developed and applied.

For the firing we use a traditional wood kiln and/or an  electrical kiln.

What you can learn during a ceramic workshop;


* where to collect the clay and how to prepare it.

* throwing on the kick wheel.

* finishing and decorating.

* firing: in a traditional Avanos woodkiln/ for glazing we use an electrical kiln.

* techniques: burnishing, cutting, reliefwork, painting (also underglaze in the İznik style) and how to use all the different techniques in your own way.

* lectures about the daily life in the region in the last 30 years & documentery film about traditional large vessel making.

* a walk through Avanos and surroundings. Excursion to the traditional workshops, ceramic & tile/brick factories out of   town.

During the workshop, on one of the workshopmornings and with the participants who feel like it, we will go to collect clay ourselves in the old riverbeds and mountains nearby. This is a rather heavy job, but satisfying, and the work will be surely compensated by the special pick-nick breakfast during sunrise. After collecting the clay, we will prepare it together by mixing the different kinds of clay and adding water. There are many mixtures, for instance; clay for throwing needs a different mixture then clay to make a sculpture.

Platemaking on special moulds, finishing, several ways of decorating, painting (if wanted mandala’sare in the programm. We give attention to forming by hand and firing techniques.

There will be a lecture about the daily live in Avanos, the development of the last 30 years, and a beautiful documentary film of Dutch artist Ria Wesseling, about large, built in 3 pieces, traditional storage pots. www.riawesseling.nl

Several pottery workshop programs & prices 2021.

Program 1. 5 days including 5x lunch, the lectures and the excursion in and around Avanos, most materials, tea and coffee during the workshop.

The program from day to day

Every day we teach from 10 to 12.30 and from 14.00 to 16.30.

Day 1–  İntroduction and explanation about the workshop. Demonstration of potterymaking on the wheel and a lecture. Visit of the gallery and starting to learn kneeding and centering the clay. Lunch in the pottery.  Afternoon; continuing to kneed and center the clay.  

Day 2–  Starting with giving a form to the clay, learning how to throw a form called Uzluk, the little traditional pot and a basic form for more difficult pieces you would like to make later. Lunch in the pottery. Afternoon; practicing.  

Day 3– Collecting of the clay in the mountains/old riverbeds just out of Avanos and visits to the Avanos traditional potteries. Lunch. In the afternoon we will prepare the clay ourselves.

Day 4– Learning of some finishing and decorating techniques like burnishing, cutting, relief, painting. Lunch in the pottery. Afternoon; a special documentary-film of Ria wesseling, Dutch artist, about big Avanos jugs made out of 3 pieces. Time that rests is for practising.

Day 5– Finishing the pieces, making a choise of which pieces you would like to keep. Lunch. Afternoon; Explanation about how woodkilns work. Finished work will not be dry enough to be fired, but participants can take their work unfired home, or have it fired and send later, by paying extra shipping costs. Goodbye celebration with snacks, wine, tea & coffee.  

Min. 4, max 10 participants. Price: 395 € per person. 

When 2 or 3 participants we charge 100 € extra pp. for the whole 5 days program. Please also have a look at the  İndividual program (down on this page)

Program 2. (8 days) Workshop and 7 x accomodation in double/twin room in Tafana guesthouse.

We start the first morning with information about the workshop and a walk through Avanos.  After the lunch we will make an excursion in Cappadocia. The following days will be approximately like programme 1.

Min. 4, max. 8 participants . Price: 595 €. (single suppl. 10 € per day )

When 2 or 3 participants we charge 100 € extra pp. for the 8 days,  program.

Program 3. * 8 days, extensive workshop-hiking program.  İncluding lodging*, most meals*, the workshop*, excursions & hikes*

İncluding; *7 x accomodation in Tafana guesthouse double/twin room. * 6 x lunch, *3 x diner.  6 half days accompanied atelier work, lectures, most materials, tea and coffee during the workshop.* 5 x guided excursions & hikes in Cappadocia. * all transfers during the workshop, the excursions & hikes.

* Day to day program:

Ceramic workshop with hikes & lots of extra’s in Cappadocia

Day 1: Arrival in the lively handicraftstown Avanos. Meeting and introduction with the working people of the pottery “chez Galip” and settling in the Tafana guesthouse, the old restaured family house of Galip and Lilian Korukcu, in the old town of Avanos.

Day 2: To get an impression of the surroundings, we start with a walk through the pitoresque old part of the town and the higher situated gardens of the local population of Avanos. From above you have a splendid view over Cappadocia. Through narrow streets with the typical traditional stone houses, downwards to the modern part of Avanos, passing the suspension bridge over the Kızılırmak, the Red river, the longest river in Turkey and the source of the clay used by the potters of Avanos since the old times. Arriving in the atelier, the first part of the workshop will start with a lecture and demonstrations about the crafts; the ceramics and carpetweaving of Avanos. After the lunch we start to work ourselves.
This evening we will have dinner  “at home” and taste the local specialities…

Day 3: Short transfer and hike in the Devrent valley, not far from Avanos. The fantastic, magic forms and colors you will see here, will for sure inspire you for the workshop that will continue after the lunch.

Day 4: İn the morning continuation of the workshop. After lunch we will go to the lovely village of Uchisar, the highest part of Cappadocia, with its impressive rock-castle from where we can admire the nature all around. We make a walk through the narrow streets with beautiful old sculpted houses and take a break in a very special home, a fairychimney family-run kind of café..We continue with a hike of about 1.30 hours, along bizarre rockformations with bee and dove caves and many gardens and vineyards of the locals, to Goreme. We will enjoy tonights dinner in a small restaurant run by a local family.

Day 5: A morning workshop again. After lunch we will go by car or minibus to one of the underground cities, a very special experience. After this we’ll continue, passing some small agricultural villages, to Sarihan, a Selçuk Caravan Saray (13th century).

Day 6: Today we make a beautiful walk through the varied Kızılçukur-(Red) and Gülü (Rozen)valley with tunnels, churches and pigeonhouses to the village of Çavusin with its particular rock partition. Picknick-lunch in the valley. When we have enough time we can climb up to the top of the old abandand part of the village from where a beautiful view over Cappadocia again. İn the afternoon we’ll be back in Avanos. Free work in the workshop for the time that rests. Dinner will be a traditional meal prepared in Avanos ceramic pots.

Day 7: The morning we’ll use to finish and look at our creations together and make a choise of which pieces you would like to take home. (look at the pottery workshop programme)
Goodbye celebration-lunch with local wine etc.. The afternoon is free to use for instance for a visit to the open air museum of Zelve or Goreme, or relax in the hamam.
Dinner as you like.

Day 8: After breakfast, end of the program.

This program includes;

* 7 x accomodation in double/twin room with private shower & toilet in Tafana guesthouse.
* İntroduction with a drink with Galip en Lilian in the atelier “Chez Galip”
* Accompanied workshop; 6 dayparts (appr. 3 hours per day)
* 5 accompanied hikes/excursions/all transfers during the workshop and excursions.
* 6 x lunch and 3 x dinner
* Most materials, tools
* lectures and a documentairy film of artist Ria Wesseling about the process of big traditional 3 pieces vessles.
* Coffee/tea during the workshop, goodbye celabration lunch.

* Flight/transfer to Avanos v.v-
* Not mentioned materials (some colors, bisc plates, loom for carpetweaving)
* museum entrance prices
* meals not mentioned in program
* Beverages during the evening meals

Small groups; min. 4, max. 6 participants. Price 695 € pp. Single suppl. 10 € per day.

Price without lodging: 555 €.  

When 2 or 3 participants we charge 100 € extra pp. for this program

Note: İnstead of working on a (kick)wheel it is also possible to do handbuilding or slabwork or learn to throw a plate on a mould. Painting and glazing are other possibilities.

We always ask people who want to come for a workshop what their interest is and according to that we prepare the workshop.

*According to special wishes of the participants, changes in the programme can be made.

*According to sircumstances, (f.i wheather) the programme might have to be adjusted but will always be intensive and interesting. *For the hikes you should be in a good phisical condition and ware confortable shoes. Most of the valleys aren’t that difficult to hike, but in some of the valleys are rather steep parts and some difficult passes with slippery small stones.
* Recommanded clothes to bring with you: Light mountain shoes, a hat or shawl to protect you against the strong sun and a light raincoat for during the hikes. Even in summer you might need a sweater for the evenings.

Starting dates of our ceramic workshops in 2021 

June 7, June 21, July 5, July 19, August 9, august 30, September 13, September 27, Oktober 4

Starting dates in 2022;

 April 25, May 9, May 23, June 7, June 21, July 5, July 19, August 9, August 30, September 13, September 27, Oktober 4

*For people who would like to come with their own group, it is possible to make special programs on dates practical for both of us.

*İndividual coming people can make an appointment with us. They can use the atelier-fascilaties and can get help at flexible times from one of us.   Price per half day per person 30 €, including materials, coffee and tea. Whole day incl. materials, coffee, tea & lunch 60 €

* Programs for schools or other educational purposes are possible. İn that case please contact us.

Other activities we can organise for you;

İt is possible to make a hotair balloonride over Cappadocia: a very special experience.

*Ballooning (early morning) Because it is very busy reservation should be made in advance, please ask advice early.

*Whirling Dervishes ceremonial dance performance in an underground cave, programme of 45 min.

*Evening filling Turkish traditional music and dance program, meal and beverages incl.


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