This is from the workshop of a clay artists in Tarsus, Turkey who spent all his life making such clay figures to sell to giftshops in order to feed his family, and he’s one of the last ones in town still doing this job. While I was there for a few hours to take photographs back in 2008, he told me quite a bit about how his craft has become almost extinct due to the industrialization and the mass production of such products, which causes the giftshops to buy from the factories for much cheaper. He said that he learned his craft from his father and he always wanted his son, who was 6 years old at the time, fo follow his footsteps and do the same job, but he doesn’t believe it is possible anymore. He said he is not even sure how much longer he will be able to do this before the shops stop ordering from him completely.
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