Also teaching there during the same session was Richard Jolley, who was teaching a glass blowing course. Although located a few hours from Istanbul's city center, we went into town at every opportunity - and we were able to hit some of the cultural spots.
|Tim Tate and Richard Jolley at the Blue Mosque|
|Artist Eirini Matinopoulou works in the kilns.|
|Eirini and her brother Adam Matinopoulou, Sertac Alpaslan, Tommie Rush and Ipek Kosova chill at the agora.|
|English, while the official language for the school was not always the option. We had to learn some handy Armenian phrases for the class. "Me Ara" was constantly exclaimed.|
|We were often able to have dinner along the river .|
|Turkish glass and mosaic artist Oguzhan Tugral (Oz) and his family visit. Oz had taken Tim and I around Istanbul and introduced us to renown Turkish painter, architect and miniaturist Nusret Çolpan, where we visited his studio in the city.|
|Turkish artist Nusret Çolpan came to The Glass Factory to see if he was able to work his artwork in glass.|
|While transiting the River Riva, little fish jumped into the boat to join the gang.|
|Semrin Korkmaz shows Tim Tate and me the sights of Istanbul.|
|Looking out from within the Hagia Sophia towards the Süleymaniye Mosque. |
For more photos - click HERE to jump to the Flicker set of photos from 'back in the day, including shots from the Istanbul student show taken at the end of the course!