TURKISH ARTISTS AT MINO CERAMICS COMPETITION

The 12th edition of the International Ceramics Competition, which was held as part of the Mino International Ceramics Festival in Japan, one of the most important ceramic events in the world, has been concluded. The works of three Turkish artists Veysel Ozel, Hasan Sahbaz and Sanver Ozguven were deemed worthy to be exhibited.

The International Ceramics Competition, Mino was held for the 12th time this year in Japan, where ceramic culture is internalized by all segments of society and ceramics is highly valued. The awards were given in two categories, art and design. Chinese ceramicist Ma Huiyuan received the Grand Prize given by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the competition with his "Porcelain Series". The works of Turkish artists Veysel Özel, Hasan Şahbaz and Sanver Özgüven were deemed worthy to be exhibited. More than 100 works that received awards and were deemed worthy of exhibition were shown at the Museum of Modern Ceramic Art in Mino Ceramic Park between September 30 and October 17.

This is an international competition which aims to promote the further development of ceramic industry and culture through international exchanges of ceramic designs and culture. Outstanding works that suggest innovative ideas and explore the future of ceramics coming from all over Japan and the world display all together.


Mino is a very important region for the Japanese ceramics industry. 5 million years ago, that area was a big lake. Gradually, soil accumulated over each century, storms and rain eroded the rocks, with each millennium the soil rose, the river carried sand and soil into the lake, and the plankton formed mud on the bottom of the lake. As the lake dried up over time, a large valley emerged. The trees took root and turned into forests. Eventually the settlers came and named it Mino Valley. They fired the clay and turned it into ceramics, and the valley soon became the largest pottery village in the world. The valley, where all kinds of ceramics are produced from daily use items to works of art, is of great importance for Japan and the world today. Japan is the country with the most ceramic museums in the world and the Museum of Modern Ceramic Art in Ceramics Park Mino is located here. Ceramics Park Mino, one of the few museum areas dedicated only to ceramics in the Gifu region, and the museum located on the Tajimi hills bear the signature of Japanese architect Arata Isozaki. The area around Tajimi is known for its Mino ceramics, tea ceremony objects, and rich Oribe and Shino glazes.

Award - winning artists

  • Grand Prix: Ma Huiyuan (Çin)

  • Gold Award: Ceramic Japan Co. Ltd (Japan)

  • Silver Award: Vilma Villaverde (Argentina)

  • Silver Award: Miyabe Tomohiro (Japan)

  • Silver Award: Sakai Tomoya (Japan)

  • Bronze Award: Kato Tomonari (Japan)

  • Bronze Award: Thomas Schmidt (USA)

  • Bronze Award: Yanai Yuichi (Japan)

  • Bronze Award: Matsumura Jun (Japan)

  • Sakazaki Shigeo Ceramics Award: Yamaura Yosuke (Japan)

  • Sakazaki Shigeo Ceramics Award: Aoki Takefumi (Japan)

  • Special Judges Award: Oleksandr Miroshnychenko (Ukraine)

  • Special Judges Award: Kato Ichiro (Japan)

  • Special Judges Award: Nakamura Seigo (Japan)

  • Special Judges Award: Suzuki Tamami (Japan)

  • Special Judges Award: Margot Thyssen (Belgium)

  • Special Judges Award: Dorothy Feibleman (Japan)