“I started to work in pottery making when I was 13. I have produced many pottery vessels and distinguished ceramic artworks over the past 70 years,” the artisan said, pointing out that his profession needs special skills and great efforts, including searching for the clay necessary for making pottery.

“We used to obtain the clay from areas near the Syrian-Turkish borders, but when the terrorist war on Syria began and Turkey supported the terrorists, we started to find difficulties in approaching the borders fearing sniping and killing by mercenaries of the Turkish occupation,” he added.

His son Mikhael, nicknamed Anto, explained to SANA how he makes pottery step by step with the help of his brothers, Khajik and Yervan, and how much patience and skill this profession needs to produce different forms of pottery works.

He indicated that although there is little demand for pottery artifacts in the current period, his love for this profession and the pleasure he feels while working in pottery making have prevented him from abandoning it and choosing another profession. 

Hamda Mustafa