Porcelain on display .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:none; color:#000000;} .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink:hover { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:underline; color:#990000;} ANKARA- A hand-painted porcelain exhibition opened Saturday at the residence of the Afghan ambassador to Ankara, featuring pieces from traditional Turkish coffee cups to home decorative crafts.

The event, hosted by Sohaila Khalili, spouse of the Afghan ambassador and an artist by profession, was composed of works solely created by a mixture of nine students including both Turks and members of foreign diplomatic community. "I already have my own idea of art as a painter and I reflect it on porcelain also," Khalili told the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review. Her pieces include black and white designs on porcelain Ğ reminiscent of Japanese style.

"I mostly work with black and white in big flowers or landscapes, which is completely different from the others. I also use calligraphy for writing on the porcelain," she said.

Her acquaintance with porcelain began two years ago when she coincidentally saw the name of a Turkish porcelain teacher in the brochure of the Foreign Ministry Members' Spouses' Foundation, or DMEDD.

Avoiding language problems
Seniye Küçüktez, the porcelain teacher and artist, told the Daily News that she started porcelain work in 1993 in London and continued in Germany. In Turkey, she delivers courses to her nine students every week for three and a half hours.

"We work with the foreigners on Fridays and Turks on Sundays to avoid language problems," she said. "We drink our coffees, eat cookies, listen to classical music and work on porcelain. For us, it is both therapy and entertainment."

A part of the proceeds raised from the event will go to the DMEDD.