My research aims to deepen our knowledge of medieval glazed ceramics by focusing on White Wares, a ceramic form made in a whitish kaolin fabric and covered by a lead glaze, used for various purposes as utilitarian and luxury products. Since White Wares were found in large numbers in the excavations of Istanbul in first half of the 20 century, at the Saraçhane, the Great Palace, Kalanderhane and others, the city was considered as their only centre of production. However, White Wares have also been found in large numbers in outside of the capital at Corinth, at Mesembria on the Black Sea and also Chersonesos in the Crimea. My research brings together all types of unglazed and glazed White Wares and Polychrome Ceramics and aims to offer a comprehensive study of their categorisation, ornament and petrography.
Funding: Higher Education Scholarship of the Ministry of National Education of the Republic of Turkey