Workshop: Painting Ceramic Coffee Cups with Babanakkaş Pattern



Workshop: Painting Ceramic Coffee Cup with Babanakkaş Pattern

Date:  Tuesday, 01 October2024
Time: 6 – 9 pm (UK time)
Duration: 3 hours
Fee:  £75 (includes all materials)
Class Size: Min. 4 – Max.12 Students
Instructor: Nagihan Seymour
Location: 10 Maple Street W1T 5HA (Nearest tube stations: Warren Street and Goodge Street)

Entry Requirements:

You must be 16+ to attend the course.

Suitable for all levels and the course price is including all materials.

Whether you are an aspiring artist, a lover of traditional arts, or simply curious about Ottoman culture, this course is perfect for you. Join us and unlock your creativity as you immerse yourself in the captivating world of Iznik Cini Painting.

Course Overview:

Celebrate International Coffee Day with our FACE-to-FACE Ceramic Coffee Cup Painting Workshop, featuring the Babanakkaş pattern. Led by renowned artist Nagihan Seymour, this workshop will take you on a journey through the history and art of traditional İznik ceramics and their connection to the Ottoman era.

Iznik pottery is named after the town of Iznik in western Anatolia where it was first made. From the last quarter of the 15th century until the end of the 17th century, this decorated ceramic was one of the most important decorative materials embellishing Ottoman structures ranging from palaces to mosques. Babanakkas was the head Nakkas (Artist) of the Ottoman Palace in the 15/16th Century. Baba Nakkas has given this period his name with his new styles and techniques.

The fig leaves, different mushroom motifs and flowers like Lily were used by Baba Nakkas both in Tezhip and on ceramics such as bowls, jugs, and vases.

During this workshop, you will first be introduced to all the materials and their uses. After becoming acquainted with the materials, you will be shown painting techniques in the Baba Nakkash style and will paint your own Turkish Coffee Cup which can be used as espresso cup as well.

Assessment / Outcome:

Participants will receive feedback throughout the workshop and paint their own cup with saucer accordingly. Following the class, the instructor will glaze and fire the finished works in a kiln. The attendees will be able to collect their work from the Yunus Emre Institute London once they are ready.

Methods of Teaching:

The course will be taught according to the traditional training and the educational model used in Istanbul, which has remained largely unchanged for hundreds of years.

Required Equipment & Materials

All materials will be provided by the Institute.

Disclaimer :

The course is taught in English, but some terminology used may be in Turkish. We recommend you avoid wearing loose clothing, especially large cuffs and neckties.

IMPORTANT! Please understand, whilst every care is taken in firing your work, ceramics can be subject to cracking during firing.  

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