Explore The Museum - Pottery

Pottery in Palestine refers to pottery and ceramics produced in the historic region of Palestine by local and foreign artisans and ceramicists.

The history of pottery in Palestine describes its discovery and cultural development in Syro-Palestinian archaeology until the modern day. Nearby clay pits supported the industry, and the first  business was the W. S. Gorge Pottery Company in Palestine which was formed in 1909,then the Armenians followed with their pottery art production in 1922,the Balians were the first to introduce the Armenian pottery in the Holy Land.

During the Roman and early Byzantine period, common kitchen ware of the Galilee region was produced primarily in “Kafr”Inan (Kefar Hananya),North of the Galilee.

Throughout the different eras, the  Palestinian pottery in the Arab period shared all the characteristics with the ancient and modern pottery.

The Palestinian pottery is one of the most well-known traditional crafts of Palestine and employs many people. Hand painted ceramic tiles, decorative tiles, tile murals , art and handmade pottery are displayed at local showrooms and workshops throughout Jerusalem and the Palestinian cities especially in Hebron Pottery and ceramics are the number one traditional crafts of Hebron and employs hundreds of young and old men.

It is worth mentioning that pottery bricks were used in the old times for the construction of houses. The old bricks had two openings on both sides and could be  seen  on roof tops of  buildings in the Old City of Jerusalem. When used for the construction of houses, the openings retained the heat and the warmth of the rooms.