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.
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