Armenian pottery

Armenian Pottery

Hand painted in Jerusalem's Old City since 1919

Colorful plates, bowls, and dishes for serving

We are one of the three families who established Armenian pottery in Jerusalem starting in 1919, and are proud to be continuing this tradition today.

Our expertise is in hand painting and coloring of Armenian pottery.

Our hand painted plates, platters, trays, vases and mugs are all individually hand painted in our studio, and fired in our kilns. All the motifs are traditional designs - birds, peacocks, gazelles, trees, fish and various floral patterns.

We use vivid, strong colors to paint our wares. Each piece is hand painted with a hand made brush. First, the black is painted on to give the design its outline, and then the colors are filled in. After the wares are colored, they are hand dipped in a clear glaze and fired in our kilns. The clear glaze gives the wares a glossy finish after they are fired.

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Large flat bowls

Oval dishes

Six inch bowls

Vases

Seder plates

What is Armenian pottery?

Armenian pottery is part of the history and culture of Jerusalem. In 1919, the British mandate which governed Jerusalem at the time, decided to renovate the exterior ceramic tiles of the Dome of the Rock, which badly needed repair. There were no master ceramic craftsmen in Jerusalem at the time, so it was decided to invite three families of Armenian pottery and tile makers from Turkey to work on this project and replace the tiles.

One of the families was the Karakashian family. My grandfather, the painter Megerditch Karakashian, was the main painter. These artists were Armenians, and were happy to leave Turkey in those troubled times. They settled in Jerusalem and established the art of Armenian pottery in the Holy Land. In 1922 the first Armenian pottery workshop was opened and began producing all kinds of multi-colored hand painted pottery and ceramic tiles, which continues to this day.

If you visit Jerusalem today, you will find that the souvenir shops and bazaars are inundated with cheap, mass produced imitations of Armenian pottery. These are made in huge factories in Hebron, and are copies of the original art form. Besides the difference in quality and look, you can tell the originals from the imitations by looking at the bottom of the wares. The originals are hand signed. See an antique plate from the Palestine period (pre 1948).

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Quick View Pink bird bowl

Bowl with bird in pink

$42.00
Features: Hand painted and unique ceramic bowls with vibrant colors Beautifully painted, glazed, and fired Diameter of bowls = 6 inches Height from table = 2 and 3/8 inches Price per bowl = $42 These bowls are for serving only - you cannot cook in them...
Quick View Cobalt blue bowl with intricate floral pattern

Cobalt blue bowl with floral pattern

$165.00
  Features: Hand painted and unique ceramic bowls with vibrant colors Beautifully painted, glazed, and fired Diameter of bowls = 11 inches Height from table = 1.9 inches These bowls are for serving only - you cannot cook in them or put them in the...
Quick View Cobalt blue bowl with arabesque design

Cobalt blue bowl, arabesque design

$165.00
Features: Hand painted and unique ceramic bowls with vibrant colors Beautifully painted, glazed, and fired Diameter of bowls = 11 inches Height from table = 1.9 inches These bowls are for serving only - you cannot cook in them or put them in the...
Quick View Cobalt blue floral oval dish

Cobalt blue dish with flowers

$24.00
Features: Hand painted oval dishes with vibrant colors Beautifully painted, glazed, and fired Length = 6 and 3/8 inches, width = 4.5 inches, height from table = 1 and 3/8 inches. Price per dish = $24 These dishes are for serving only - you cannot cook...
Quick View Jerusalem flowers cobalt blue hand painted plate

Jerusalem flowers blue plate

$290.00
Jerusalem flowers cobalt blue hand painted plate Painted on a deep cobalt blue background Diameter is 13 inches (33 cm) Height from table is about 0.8 inches Available with or without a hanger on the back
Quick View Jerusalem flowers red plate

Jerusalem flowers, red plate

$290.00
Jerusalem flowers plate Painted on a red background Diameter is 13 inches (33 cm) Height from table is about 0.8 inches Available with or without a hanger on the back
Quick View Light blue oval dish

Light blue traditional floral oval dish

$24.00
Features: Hand painted oval dishes with vibrant colors Beautifully painted, glazed, and fired Length = 6 and 3/8 inches, width = 4.5 inches, height from table = 1 and 3/8 inches. Price per dish = $24 These dishes are for serving only - you cannot cook...
Quick View Peacocks and birds yellow plate

Peacocks and birds in tree yellow plate

$290.00
Peacocks and birds in tree tree hand painted plate Painted on a yellow background Diameter is 13 inches (33 cm) Height from table is about 0.8 inches Available with or without a hanger on the back
Quick View Peacosk & pomegranate tree hand painted plate

Peacocks and pomegranate tree plate

$290.00
Peacocks and pomegranate tree hand painted plate Painted on a yellow background Diameter is 13 inches (33 cm) Height from table is about 0.8 inches Available with or without a hanger on the back
Quick View Pink floral bowl

Pink floral pattern

$42.00
Features: Hand painted and unique ceramic bowls with vibrant colors Beautifully painted, glazed, and fired Diameter of bowls = 6 inches Height from table = 2 and 3/8 inches Price per bowl = $42 These bowls are for serving only - you cannot cook in them...
Quick View Pink floral oval dish

Pink traditional floral dish

$24.00
Features: Hand painted oval dishes with vibrant colors Beautifully painted, glazed, and fired Length = 6 and 3/8 inches, width = 4.5 inches, height from table = 1 and 3/8 inches. Price per dish = $24 These dishes are for serving only - you cannot cook...
Quick View Pomegranates floral hand painted plate

Pomegranates floral plate

$290.00
Pomegranates floral hand painted plate Painted on a cobalt blue background Diameter is 13 inches (33 cm) Height from table is about 0.8 inches Available with or without a hanger on the back
Quick View Red peacocks bowl

Red bowl with peacocks design

$180.00
  Features: Hand painted and unique ceramic bowls with vibrant colors Beautifully painted, glazed, and fired Diameter of bowls = 11 inches Height from table = 1.9 inches These bowls are for serving only - you cannot cook in them or put them in the...
Quick View Red cherries oval dish

Red cherries dish

$24.00
Features: Hand painted oval dishes with vibrant colors Beautifully painted, glazed, and fired Length = 6 and 3/8 inches, width = 4.5 inches, height from table = 1 and 3/8 inches. Price per dish = $24 These dishes are for serving only - you cannot cook...
Quick View Red peacocks hand painted plate

Red peacocks plate

$290.00
Peacocks hand painted plate, red Two peacocks drinking from a fountain. Painted on a red background Diameter is 13 inches (33 cm) Height from table is about 0.8 inches Available with or without a hanger on the back
Quick View Phoenix bird hand painted plate

The Phoenix bird plate

$290.00
Phoenix bird plate This majestic bird is a symbol for rising from the ashes. Painted on a yellow background Diameter is 13 inches (33 cm) Height from table is about 0.8 inches Available with or without a hanger on the back
Quick View Tree of Life hand painted plate

The Tree of Life plate

$290.00
The Tree of Life hand painted plate One of the most central iconic designs in Jerusalem and the holy land. This design is a reproduction of a 6th century mosaic floor in Jericho. Diameter is 13 inches (33 cm) Height from table is about 0.8...
Quick View Yellow floral bowl with traditional design

Traditional floral yellow bowl

$165.00
  Features: Hand painted and unique ceramic bowls with vibrant colors Beautifully painted, glazed, and fired Diameter of bowls = 11 inches Height from table = 1.9 inches These bowls are for serving only - you cannot cook in them or put them in the...
Quick View Tree of life bowl

Tree of life bowl

$42.00
Features: Hand painted and unique ceramic bowls with vibrant colors Beautifully painted, glazed, and fired Diameter of bowls = 6 inches Height from table = 2 and 3/8 inches Price per bowl = $42 These bowls are for serving only - you cannot cook in them...
Quick View Tulip and saz leaf plate, yellow

Tulips and saz leaf plate

$290.00
Tulips and saz leaf plate Intricate floral pattern with tulips and saz leaves. Painted on a yellow background Diameter is 13 inches (33 cm) Height from table is about 0.8 inches Available with or without a hanger on the back
Quick View 2 birds in yellow oval dish

Two yellow birds oval dish

$24.00
Features: Hand painted oval dishes with vibrant colors Beautifully painted, glazed, and fired Length = 6 and 3/8 inches, width = 4.5 inches, height from table = 1 and 3/8 inches. Price per dish = $24 These dishes are for serving only - you cannot cook...
Quick View Yellow floral bowl

Yellow bowl with flowers and tulips

$165.00
Features: Hand painted and unique ceramic bowls with vibrant colors Beautifully painted, glazed, and fired Diameter of bowls = 11 inches Height from table = 1.9 inches These bowls are for serving only - you cannot cook in them or put them in the...
Quick View Yellow bowl with happy fish

Yellow bowl with happy fish

$42.00
Features: Hand painted and unique ceramic bowls with vibrant colors Beautifully painted, glazed, and fired Diameter of bowls = 6 inches Height from table = 2 and 3/8 inches Price per bowl = $42 These bowls are for serving only - you cannot cook in them...
Quick View Yellow Jerusalem flowers

Yellow Jerusalem flowers

$42.00
Features: Hand painted and unique ceramic bowls with vibrant colors Beautifully painted, glazed, and fired Diameter of bowls = 6 inches Height from table = 2 and 3/8 inches Price per bowl = $42 These bowls are for serving only - you cannot cook in them...
Quick View Small ceramic oval dish on a yellow background

Yellow oval dish with fish

$24.00
Features: Hand painted oval dishes with vibrant colors Beautifully painted, glazed, and fired Length = 6 and 3/8 inches, width = 4.5 inches, height from table = 1 and 3/8 inches. Price per dish = $24 These dishes are for serving only - you cannot cook...
Quick View Pomegranate shaped hand painted ceramic vase

Yellow pomegranate vase

$105.00
Yellow pomegranate vase A beautifuly hand painted vase shaped like a pomegranate, and painted with a pomegranate design. Does not come with the yellow roses. Height from table: about 6 inches Width at widest point: about 5 inches Price: $105