Gökeyüp Pottery

The Kula and Salihli districts have a long history of ceramic production. The majority of the area's archaeological discoveries date to the Roman era, while there are also artifacts from the Hellenistic and prehistoric periods. Several of these discovered artifacts are made of clay. These artifacts indicate that the pottery methods in the region at the time were well developed.
One of the significant sites in Anatolia where pottery has been created for generations is Gökeyüp Village. More than 100 homes in Gökeyüp continue a centuries-old tradition of creating pottery. The continued usage of antiquated methods for creating pottery and humans is highly noteworthy.
The fact that traditional methods of manufacturing pottery are still used in Gökeyüp Village and that people still use their hands to create pottery is highly significant. Clayed soil and mica schist are used in Gökeyüp Village to create pottery. First, the mica-schist is broken up with a knob to create powder, and only then is it combined with clayey soil. After that, mud is created from the combined components. A traditional wood fire is used to burn the wet pottery after it has been formed from mud using traditional methods on hand spun potter’s wheels. Clayed soil is referred to as "gummy soil" and mica schist is referred to as "Mengele" in the village.

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