The green door at number 15 Via Dolorosa (between Stations V and VI) conceals a tiny gallery and workshop where beautiful Armenian handpainted plates, tiles, bowls, cups and other ceramic pieces are created by brothers Stepan and Berg Karakashian and Stepan's son, third generation Hagop.
When touring the Old City, I always try and stop by the Jerusalem Pottery which has been run by the Karakashian Family since 1922 and at its current location since 1948.
Stepan and Berg's father, Megherdich Karakashian, and several other Armenian ceramic artists were brought to Jerusalem by the British from Kutahya in Armenia to repair the 16th century tiles covering the Dome of the Rock. These craftsmen were glad to leave Turkey to escape the 1915 persecution of the Armenians and settle in Jerusalem practising their traditional craft of making richly-colored glazed pottery.
Their work incorporates traditional Armenian bird, animal and flower designs and biblical scenes influenced by the 18th century tiles in Armenian Church of St. James which is also well worth visiting.
On your next trip along the Via Dolorosa, step behind the green door into a world of real Armenian pottery. You are in for a treat!