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Kumbaracı Yokuşu 24 (Tomtom Mah.), Tophane, 34433 Istanbul

1/ Upper Tünel Station or Şişhane metro station (İstiklal Cad exit), then walk down Kumbaracı. Or walk up from Tophane.

This interesting store founded by the glass artists Yasemin Sayinsoy, Gamze Araz Eskinazi and Serkan Araz stocks weird glass objects, bird nests and drooping figures, all produced in Cam Ocağı (Glass Furnace), founded in 2001 near the Black Sea resort of Riva, on the Asian side.

Griselda Warr writes: Look out for the wooden façade next to the pretty cemetery and mausoleum halfway down. A very, very small handwritten sign in the window gives little away about the contents of Camekan (No 42). But inside are unusual displays of artist glass and a small selection of other crafts, all for sale. A flock of 20 or more glass birds, each sitting on its own green branch, almost divides the room. But there are some more utilitarian pieces as well, such as a large red glass bowl with some clear glass barely mixed in, and a collection of vases in a variety of shapes, colours and sizes, set out on large tree trunks. The glassmaker Gamze Ara Eşkinazi, one of their chief contributors, teaches at Mimar Sinan University and makes her glass at Cam Oçağı (Glass Furnace), a well-known centre for glass makers world-wide in the countryside across the Bosphorus, south of the Black Sea resort of Riva.

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