I’ve recently been wondering which of the Turkish ceramic patterns I find most attractive and why, in the hope that as I develop my own style I can create some pieces influenced by the classics. Whilst travelling through the İstanbul metro the other day I found some tiles created by the wonderful İznik foundation which I couldn’t resist photographing.

One of my favourite was a stunning tile with bright red and turquoise details on a dark cobalt painted background. I decided to challenge myself to reproduce the piece as a study and emulation challenge. On the left is the tile I painted pre-firing, with the background painted with the infamous ‘pink cobalt’ that magically changes to be dark navy blue upon firing… well, that’s the hope anyway… We will see how it comes out and if it’s at all similar to the piece I originally saw…

The original…