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Palestinian Pottery
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14 Nablus Rd.  Phone 02/628-2826
This workshop's chief artist, Marie Balian, is most famous for her multitile ceramic panels, which are richly hand-painted visions of Persian gardens, desert oases, and Middle Eastern motifs. In 1992, the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C., mounted "Views of Paradise," a special exhibit of 22 of Mrs. Balian's creations; her panels also adorn the Sukkot Patio at the home of the president of Israel. Palestinian Pottery produces a steady stream of traditional plates, bowls, name and address tiles, and smaller panel compositions in floral designs that can be used as tabletops or as stunning architectural details. Ask to see the display of Palestinian Pottery's work spanning the past 70 years. The workshop is near the American consulate in East Jerusalem, and is open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 4pm; it is always a good idea to call ahead and check on hours.
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