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In the Çini Course, we decorate using traditional Çini techniques on ready-baked biscuit products. Çini is not only a painting technique but also a highly meticulous and detailed art that requires great dedication. It is also the perfect combination of technique and design with hundreds of years of accumulated experience. In my Çini course, I not only teach traditional Turkish Tile Art techniques to the participants but also guide them in expressing their own experiences through this form of art.



Before the participants start working on biscuits with traditional
patterns and motifs, they need to do some work on paper for a while.



The design is then printed on the surface of the tile by charcoal powder to create a dark, smoky background for the painted design. Traditional Turkish designs often incorporate geometric shapes, floral motifs, or calligraphy.



The design is then painted onto the surface of the tile using special paints that are made from mineral pigments mixed with water. The paints are applied using a brush or other tool.



Once the paint has been applied, the tile is left to dry for several hours or even overnight, depending on the size and complexity of the design.



After the paint has dried, the tile is coated with a layer of glaze. The glaze is a type of clear, protective coating that also adds shine and durability to the piece.



The glazed ceramic piece is then fired in a kiln at a high temperature. This process helps to set the colors and the glaze, and it also makes the piece more durable.


Inspection & Finishing

Once the piece has been fired and cooled, it is carefully inspected for any imperfections or flaws. Any blemishes are then corrected or removed.

The finished piece is then ready to be displayed or used. Traditional Turkish ceramic pieces can be used for a variety of purposes, such as decoration, serving food, or holding flowers.


Overall, the process of creating traditional Turkish art cini requires a lot of skill and patience, as well as a deep understanding of the traditional designs and techniques. The end result is a beautiful and unique piece of art that reflects the rich cultural heritage of Turkey.

Workshop 1


Cost: €60

Duration: 3 hours for a plate or ceramic plate

Reservation: by appointment 
Reservation Cost: € 60 per person, including materials, coffee / tea.

Minimum 4 people

Maximum 6 people

Location: Leiden

Language: Dutch & Turkish

Workshop 2

You learn more in depth information on the steps of Cini

Cost: €150

Duration: 8 hours, 2 days

Reservation: by appointment

Reservation Cost: €150 per person, including materials, coffee / tea and
small snacks

Minimum 2 people

Maximum 4 people

Location: Leiden

Language: Dutch & Turkish

  • My Cini workshops are one or two day events. After general information about Cini is given, participants select patterns to be worked on pre-determined forms, which are then transferred to the surface using traditional techniques.

  • Once painting is done, the completed Cini works are glazed and baked by me. Participants can receive their works from me after the baking process. 

  • You will learn many things about Cini art and materials. The steps of Cini will be taught (in workshop 2)

  • For all courses, the work cannot be taken directly. This is due to the glazing and baking process.

  • The baked products can be picked up 2-3 weeks later, or sent against payment.


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