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“Guray Seramik”
Review of Guray Ceramic

Guray Ceramic
Ranked #2 of 15 Shopping in Avanos
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Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift, Baby buggy parking, Wheelchair access
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Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift, Baby buggy parking, Wheelchair access
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“Guray Seramik”
Reviewed 11 July 2014 via mobile

A staff member at the hotel we stayed in at Goreme urged to stop in Avanos on our journey to Ankara so we could visit Guray Seramik and in retrosoect it was excellent advice!

Guray Seramik is an absolutely amazing world-class manufacturer of the most beautiful hand-made ceramics and despite its rather drab appearance from street level, once one goes down the ramp to the underground museum, workshops for the highly skilled artisans and the shop full of the beautiful (and expensive) ceramics, that's where the jaws drop and gasps of "oh, my goodness!" Start.

The underground museum of pottery is an amazing feat of engineering in itself and has a small collection of pottery dating back to 3000 BC and ranging to the 19th century.

In the workshops you can observe highly skilled artisans painstakingly designing patterns on fired ceramics or painting the ceramics for the final firing.

The shop is full of beautiful pottery, no... Spectacular pottery is more appropriate a description to use. But it's not cheap, and after buying carpets and kilims to have shipped home we really had to think hard about our priorities. But in the end we bought a few pieces which will be shipped to us and we can't wait!

So, don't miss Guray Seramiks in Avanos, Turkey.

Visited July 2014
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“Visit to Guray Seramik”
Reviewed 11 June 2014

We were recommended to Guray Seramiks by the hotel staff of the hotel we were lodging at in Goreme. We were pleasantly surprised to find such a wonderful museum of ceramics/pottery built into a cave and thoroughly enjoyed the tour of the different processes that a piece of pottery goes through before it is a finished product. I cannot speak to the prices when compared to ceramics in Istanbul but will appreciate if someone who bought a piece there would chime in.

Visited June 2014
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“Stunning underground museum!”
Reviewed 5 June 2014

I read about Guray Seramik here and we easily walked there from our hotel one evening before dinner. Just entered the museum on our own and were amazed to see the huge machine-carved and lit spaces and display of antique pieces. As someone here did mention, the display niches cut into the rock are natural works of art on their own. There were also a bar and a cafe area but they didn't seem to be open at that time. After a while, a security guard approached us but kindly allowed us to continue our visit and take photos. He then showed us the door to the workshop area and shop.

There were many items on offer and my friend bought some as gifts while I bought a bowl. Not the best and cheapest prices in Turkey but we felt that they were at least more honest and reasonable than nearby Omurlu Ceramics which our group tour was taken to earlier that day.

Visited June 2014
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“a must-see for ceramics in the Cappadocia region”
Reviewed 3 June 2014

The new Guray Underground Ceramic Museum is due to open July 2014, but when we visited in April, we were able to get a "sneak preview" and were told that other visitors will be able to do the same. It's a must see! The museum has been beautifully carved out of stone and features a fabulous exhibit of ceramics from many periods, stunningly displayed in carved out niches. The niches alone are works of art, as you can see the different layers of stone in the walls of the niches. The owner plans to use the museum for art displays and other events; we could see the set-up for a bar/restaurant? in the works. The museum is clearly a work of love and an incomparable gift to future generations.
In addition to the museum, the Ceramics "shop" allows you to see first hand the manufacturing process for their exquisite products. It's possible to buy museum quality pieces as well as more "ordinary" items that you could use in an everyday way (bowls, dishes, etc.) The quality is fantastic and discounts are offered to tour groups. Check out their website at www.gurayseramik.com.tr

Visited April 2014
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“Wonderful Pottery”
Reviewed 15 September 2013

We visited Guray Seramik while in Cappadocia on holiday in August 2013. As with many of this "holiday stop offs" this is an opportunity for the manufacturer to tell you about their manufacturing process and then try and sell you something.

At Guray Seramik I didn't feel at all under pressure to buy. The explanations about the process and the demonstrations were good. The guy showing us around was knowlegeable and pointed out the difference between what was "standard" and therefore could be found elsewhere and what was bespoke or unique to Guray Seramik who have operated since the mid 19th century and have a particular circular patten which they believe is unique to them.

In the end I did buy a wonderful circular wine decanter which was designed for servants to wear on their arms so they would bow when serving (wonder if I can get my children to do this back at home - unlikely!). I did see cheaper versions of this in the town of Avanos but they were smaller and didn't function (ie they were solid inside and only therefore for display). I don't want to buy anything I can't use! So I purchased this for around £200 GBP. We did manage to get a fair discount over and above the "standard 30%" they said they offered initially and taking it with us on the day did also save money (vs the delivered version). The decanter was very well wrapped and made it home in one piece!

They are also creating a cave exhibition below the factory and it will look stunning when done!

We loved Guray Seramik and Cappadocia generally. Impossible to get this all into one review s we out our full experiences online at http://my-family-adventure-holiday-reviews.com/turkey/ (note this is not a commercial site, the ads there are purely to pay for the domain) or you can see my other reviews on trip advisor.

Visited August 2013
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