Syrian potter preserves family's 450-year-old craft

Inside a dusty and dark workshop on the banks of the Jaghjagh river in northeast Syria, Misak Antranik Petros uses an ancient pottery wheel to throw different shapes from clay. The 85-year-old Syrian potter of Armenian origin said his family has practised the craft for more than 450 years. “The profession was passed down from one generation to another like an inheritance,” he said. “Now, my son is taking it up.” His workshop is located inside an ancient mud-brick house near the city of Qamishli, administered by Kurdish authorities who control much of northeastern Syria. It is cluttered with po…

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