Traditional Turkish Tile and Ceramic Art with Fatma
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • 12 hours over 2 days

Traditional Turkish Tile and Ceramic Art with Fatma

Immerse yourself in the storied world of Turkish tile and ceramic art with master artist Fatma. Discover various Ottoman-era tile styles, learn the art of drawing and painting motifs, and craft a ceramic plate as you uncover the secrets of this ancient art form. Beyond the studio, indulge in the city’s exquisite cuisine, awe-inspiring vistas, and the architectural marvels of Istanbul.
  • Snacks, Coffee, & Tea


One Guest
USD $1640
Additional guest(s) (max 4)
USD $720

Meet the Artist

Fatma is a distinguished master artist celebrated for her exquisite 16th-century tile and ceramic creations. Born in Bursa, the Ottoman Empire's first capital, Fatma's artistic journey was profoundly shaped by the rich tapestry of history and culture that surrounded her from an early age. This fascination with intricate architectural beauty and ornate details like tiles, calligraphy, and carvings led her to pursue Turkish tile and ceramic art education.

With 25 years devoted to her craft, Fatma's work has graced local and international exhibitions, including a prominent 20 square meter wall panel in Turkey's Parliament. Her artistic style blends diverse techniques to create a harmonious and unique orchestra of creativity. She finds inspiration in legends, mystical themes, and emotions, infusing her works with her personal interpretation of classics. "I create my own world with my own tracks, my own colors," she describes.

Fatma's vision extends beyond borders. She and her husband Kadir look forward to sharing a vibrant exchange of cultures and ideas when you visit.

VAWAA Includes:

  • Create a 30 cm ceramic plate inspired by 16th century Iznik ceramics.
  • Learn brief history of Turkish Ceramic art and different styles of Ottoman-era tile art.
  • Explore tile materials and various application techniques.
  • Learn to draw nature-inspired motifs like tulips, roses, carnations, hyacinths, cypress trees, “chintemani,” and galleons.
  • Get inspired and sketch in the famous Rüstem Pasha Mosque, considered the living museum of tile art with 41 tulip motifs.
  • Design a 30 cm diameter circular composition using the motifs based on your level.
  • Transfer and contour the motifs on the ceramic surface using traditional techniques.
  • Color the composition with special tile paint.
  • Ceramic plate will be glazed and fired after the session, and can be shipped to your home for an additional fee.
  • Learn to brew traditional Turkish Tea.
  • Option to visit a local arts workshop or Süleymaniye Complex to watch the view of the Golden Horn and the Marmara Sea, if time permits.

Explore Istanbul

Istanbul is a haven for art enthusiasts, offering a captivating journey into the world of Turkish tile and ceramic art. Immerse yourself in the finest examples of tile art at iconic landmarks like Topkapı Palace, the Blue Mosque, Rüstempaşa Mosque, Hagia Sophia Tombs, and the Tiled Kiosk. Explore the intricate pattern designs and exquisite decorations on these buildings meticulously crafted in the esteemed Nakkash-khana, the Ottoman royal painting atelier.

Witness the incredible architectural beauty as you uncover a mosaic of experiences with breathtaking views of the Bosporus, Turkish cuisine, bazaars and welcoming hospitality.

Additional Details

The best time to visit Istanbul is between March and May, and September and November when the crowds are manageable, room rates are average, and daytime temperatures are comfortable. If you prefer fewer crowds, it's best to avoid July and August.

This VAWAA can be extended for up to 7 days for special training and projects. Please ask when you submit your booking request.

Sessions can be adapted for children between the ages of 10–16 under parental supervision.

Fatma speaks Turkish and has basic proficiency in English. Her husband Kadir speaks fluent English and will be available to help with translation, if needed.
Fatma's Availability 2 days

Guest Reviews

  • Angelis L.,

    Our experience with Fatma and her husband, Kadir, has been amazing. From the beginning, we were welcomed with open arms and felt at home. Upon arriving at Fatma's place, we were impressed by her incredible art pieces filling every corner.The workshop took place at Fatma's table, surrounded by her beautiful ceramics. Fatma and Kadir patiently guided us through the workshop, starting with an introdu Read more