WE LOSE ATES ARCASOY

One of the most beloved professors of the ceramics community, Prof. Dr. Ates Arcasoy passed away. After the afternoon prayer at the Hamid-i Evvel Mosque, Arcasoy was sent off to eternity by his family, colleagues and students at the Emirgan Resitpasa Cemetery on September 28.


Having taught at Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts Ceramics Department for many years, and after retiring, he lectured at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Faculty of Fine Arts Ceramics Department. The loss of Ateş Arcasoy caused great sadness. Arcasoy, a colorful personality who was loved by his students and colleagues, had been struggling with a mental disorder for some time. After the afternoon prayer at the Hamid-i Evvel Mosque, Arcasoy was sent off to eternity by his family, colleagues and students at the Emirgan Resitpasa Cemetery on September 28.

The Ceramic Technology book, published in the 1980s, written by Ates Arcasoy, who is an expert in Ceramic Technology and Porcelain History, has been one of the reference sources of the entire ceramic community for almost 40 years. The book that he rewrote with Assoc. Prof. Hasan Baskirkan was published with the support of the Turkish Ceramics Federation in 2021.


Ates Arcasoy, a graduate of the State School of Applied Fine Arts Ceramics Department, then studied Ceramic Engineering in Germany in his last interview published in Seramik Türkiye magazine said, "Not only the artists who produce ceramics, but also every artist has to learn and know at least the origin, historical and geographical development, materials and usage techniques of the art branch they produce. (…) The ceramicist must accept that he can produce quality and original works to the extent that he learns these deep-rooted and established technologies and can benefit from them. Every experience he/she gains brings with it a permanent contribution to technology. This contribution gains value as it is reflected in the art of ceramics, and gives the artist the courage to move freely in new and unexplored areas.”

mphasizing that Ceramic Technology courses should be taught practically and theoretically in schools where ceramic education is given, Ateş Arcasoy made efforts to increase the knowledge of the students he trained for many years.


Having served on the Board of Directors of the Turkish Ceramics Society for many years, Prof. Arcasoy was also known as a passionate collector.