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 Balian's creations; her panels also adorn the Succot Patio at the house of the president of Israel. Palestinian Pottery produces a steady stream of traditional plates, bowls, teapots, pitchers, 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 special display of Palestinian Pottery's work spanning the past 70 years. The workshop is near the American consulate in East Jerusalem, and is usually 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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