This man in the picture is a relative of another man named Galip... His pottery center in Avanos Turkey is world renown for the craftsmanship and beauty of the pottery created there by Galip himself, his wife, and others who have studied under him.
This man took a lump of Cappadocian clay, started the wheel spinning with his feet, and within (honest to goodness, I watched) less than 5 minutes...
He made it look so easy.
Next we were led into the painting workshop where three individuals were busy decorating various pieces that had been created. Turkish patterns can be extremely intricate and I wish I had time to adequately describe the processes. In this work, every symbol, every color, every dot of paint has meaning and significance. There was a plate that they show for demonstrations that enables one to see how the piece changes throughout the process. This particular pattern has to do with the generations of Galip's family and their history in the art.
You can see that they take a liquid clay and create raised patterns on ceramic pieces, then color in each very carefully. These people work for 2 hours, then take a 30 minute break, then return for 2 more hours, break, and a final 2 hours.
The results are absolutely stunning, and depending on who the crafts person is, fairly expensive, but they are easily recognizable as quality pieces, and the Chinese knock offs found everywhere in tourist Istanbul come no where near the original thing.
Seyit knows some very interesting people. I couldn't have imagined that the day could get more interesting. But it did.
Formed... (I was informed) by lava flows that settled over much softer sandstone. The elements over time make for some interesting natural statuary ? All kidding aside, it is a beautiful place and there were indeed lovers all around.
The edge of Pigeon Valley. I really like this place as I love birds. The people in this area built pigeon housing everywhere in the rock for the express purpose of harvesting the droppings as it makes for excellent fertilizer for grapes and other fruits. An amazingly industrious people. I am guessing a bird or two found its way onto a bar-b-que spit on occasion as well.
I asked Loida to throw rocks at the birds so I could get an "in flight" shot of them. It only sort of worked for me, but other photographers thanked her for it. I think they probably got the shot I was looking for.
This was an "evil eye" tree. I'll explain more about the evil eye later. I just really appreciated the way it looked in the sun.
Seyit dropped us off at the Goreme Open Air Museum after tending to us all day long. I took many pictures here....
The deep emotions that came from seeing the churches and the frescoes and understanding the history of this area knocked my to my knees.
It had been a wonderful day. One of those days that will stand out in my memory forever. So many things happened... so many thoughts and emotions... beauty, spirit, love, humanity, struggle, clay, potters, light, paint, art, earth, sky, man, woman, angels, life.
I think GOD sort of shaped me this day too. He showed me what had been and what could be, and I had to be malleable within HIS capable hands. Some things are to be and some things are not. In the end... if the clay yields, the outcome will be magnificent... as it was always meant to be.