<<SPAM?>> What’s New: An Online Update for Frommer’s Israel

June 30 2004

What’s New: An Online Update for Frommer’s Israel, Jordan and Sinai
Destinations: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Israel, Amman, Haifa, Jordan,
Eilat, Petra
Activities: Air, Beach, Car Rental, Lodging, Tips and Resources
Author: Robert Ullian

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Honored by the Israeli Postal Service with a set of commemorative
stamps in 2003-04, Jerusalem’s two world famous Armenian ceramic
workshops are always worth visiting.

The Palestinian Armenian Pottery Workshop, Nablus Rd, next to the
East. Jerusalem American Consulate (); and
Jerusalem Pottery, located on the Via Dolorosa, at the Sixth Station
of the Cross in the Old City (); [tel.]
02/626-1587. The artisans of these workshops were originally brought
to Jerusalem at the start of the British Mandate in 1919 to maintain
the extraordinary ceramic tiles on the Dome of the Rock. Hand painted
tiles from the workshops adorn the exteriors and interiors of
buildings throughout Jerusalem, from St. Andrew’s Church to the
American Colony Hotel. The beautiful tile wall panels decorating the
Sukkot Patio at the Residence of the President of Israel, were
designed by Marie Balian of the Palestinian Pottery Workshop (Mrs.
Balian has been honored with a special exhibition of her work at the
Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C.). The Karakashian family’s
Jerusalem Pottery Workshop is especially known for its individual
tile designs. An array of hand-painted plates, vases, and other
ceramic items for sale to the general public at very reasonable
prices is available at both workshops. The bazaars of the Old City
are flooded with printed, machine-made imitations of Armenian
ceramics, but only the real stuff shines.

Fans of Jerusalem’s Armenian ceramics tradition will want to check
out a beautifully illustrated book, The Armenian Ceramics of
Jerusalem, Three Generations, by Nurith Kenaan-Kedar. Published in
2003, it chronicles the work of both the Balian and Karakashian
families, and is available at the Eretz Israel Museum Bookstore in
Tel Aviv, or can be ordered at Steimatsky’s Bookstores throughout
Israel. Be sure to specify the English language edition. The A

Both Palestinian Pottery and Jerusalem Pottery are closed Sundays.
When tourism is especially slow, it is best to call Jerusalem Pottery
ahead of time to be sure they’ll stay open for your visit.

The works of a number of Judaica artisans listed in the Frommer’s
Israel 3rd edition can now be previewed on their websites. Oded
Davidson (), is a silversmith whose whimsical
work is in the collections of many museums, including the Israel
Museum and the Wolfson Museum in Jerusalem; Avi Biran, a silversmith
with many awards and a sense of humor in his designs, has had his
work shown in museums throughout the world, including the Jewish
Museum of Prague, and Jerusalem’s Wolfson Museum. Archie Granot
() is a Judaica paper cut artist whose work is in
the collections of the Jewish Museum of New York, the Victoria and
Albert Museum in London, and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

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