LOVE OF CERAMICS IN THE DAYS OF PANDEMIC

The seventh of Mehmet Nuri Gocen Ceramic Symposium is held by Mehmet Nuri Gocen Culture, Education and Art Foundation this year in Kusadasi in keeping with the rules of pandemic. Art Director Mehmet Tuzum Kizilcan emphasized that many domestic and foreign professional ceramic artists was gathered together on this wise.


Assoc. Prof. Dr. MUTLU BAŞKAYA / Candan GÜNGÖR


The 7th Mehmet Nuri Gocen Ceramic Symposium is held by the Director of Mehmet Nuri Gocen Culture, Education and Art Foundation Naile Gocen Cukurova and the Art Director Mehmet Tuzum Kizilcan in old Kusadasi Tabakhaneler between 25th September - 5th October 2020 in keeping with the rules of pandemic.

Naile Göçen and Mehmet Tüzüm Kızılcan


Artists first began the symposium with the works they brought in an opening exhibition in Hilton Art Gallery. This exhibition was involving three-dimensional wall panels at sizes of 40x40 cm. These panels and works then took their places in private exhibition areas in Pina Bay Hotel’s corridor or foyer. The Hotel serves almost as a contemporary art museum which addresses the visitors’ sense of art. Thanks to the international workshops being held for over the years in both hotels, the hotel collection has been enriched more and more and offers the tourists staying in the hotel the opportunity to have an eye on these works. One wall is reserved for the names of the artists who have come to the hotel and put out works to this day as an indication of respect to the art and the artists.

The workshop was held in Kusadasi Old Town in Tabakhaneler district where art and history come together and after its’ production process was completed the firing days was held in open air in Pina Bay. In the firings various techniques such as Raku, Luster, Obvara were used and the work of each artist has presented a visual feast of ceramics by means of variety of form and surface characteristics.


Involving the works put forth by the artists with their unique methods, the Director of Mehmet Nuri Gocen Culture, Education and Art Foundation Naile Gocen Cukurova has given a speech in the closing ceremony of the exhibition and extended her thanks to the participants by remarking out that awareness will expand and blossom out by sharing. The Art Director of the Workshop Mehmet Tuzum Kizilcan has pointed out that many domestic and foreign professional ceramic artists was gathered together on this wise.


Those who participated the workshop are; Bahadir Cem Erdem, Candan Gungor, Elif Aydogdu Agatekin, Emre Aydos, Halil Fazil Ercan, Kadir Sevim, Kadircan Avci, Kim Yong Moon, Laila Adam, Mutlu Baskaya, Nuran Yildizel, Omer Pasa Buner, Tevfik Turen Karagozoglu, Umit Koyman, Yuriy Musatov, Ivan Fizer. By the end of the workshop, artists were presented their deed of participation with a little ceremony made in Kusadasi Hilton Art Gallery.


We wish Mr. M. Tuzum Kizilcan who dedicated his life to his art, to lead this important event for many more years and Mrs. Naile Gocen Cukurova to host many more symposiums and innovative ventures with her never-ending ambition for art.