This bowl is named 'water's edge' for the double dipped, two colour effect created by the turquoise and blue glazes. Each one of these beautiful ISHKAR bowls is hand thrown and hand glazed. As a result, each bowl is satisfyingly individual and you can expect small variations between each piece. This bowl is the perfect size for serving nuts and dips, or displayed on your dressing table for change and jewellery.
Artisans have been making pottery in the village of Istalif for the last 400 years. The picturesque village is nestled in the foothills of the Hindu Kush, and is a popular picnicking spot for Kabul’s residents on the weekend.
Our values and this particular product:
- Natural materials
- Minimal waste, pollutants and emissions
- Community engagement (including the additional support from Turquoise Mountain)
- Conserving traditions
Care: Not recommended for the dishwasher.
These bowls have been made by expert potter, Abdul Mateen. When the Taliban came to power in the 1990s, Mateen helped bury his family’s pottery tools before fleeing to Pakistan as a refugee. Unburying his tools a decade later, Abdul Mateen has since risen to prominence as the finest Afghan potter of his generation.
On top of the amount paid to the artisans, a further 10% goes towards the Turquoise Mountain Foundation. Turquoise Mountain supports Afghan artisans by providing them with three years of technical training, as well as a full range of business support following graduation. You can read more about the Foundation in our profile piece about Ishkar in our journal.