9th International Avanos Applied Ceramic Symposium (UAUSS 2015) was held from October 15 to October 26, 2015 on the theme “Outdoor Ceramics”; with contributions from Nevşehir Hacı Bektaş Veli University Ceramic Application and Research Center (ASEM), Avanos District Governor’s Office and Ministry of Culture and Tourism. What was targeted with the theme outdoor ceramics was set as expansion of the boundaries of the traditional ceramic art and performance of traditional-contemporary applications.
UAUSS, held for the first time in 2000, was organized in various years by Hacettepe, Erciyes, Nevşehir Hacı Bektaş Veli Universities and Cappadocia Vocational College, Avanos District Governor’s Office and Avanos Municipality. Among the overall purposes of UAUSS events are promotion of the ceramic culture which has a past of millennia in Cappadocia region, supporting it with contemporary specimens and enhancement of the togetherness between the artist, academician, craftsmen, student and art enthusiasts.
Nevşehir Hacı Bektaş Veli University President Prof. Dr. Filiz KILIÇ and Avanos District Governor Mustafa ELDIVAN were in the honor board of the symposium. The organization board comprised Asst. Prof. Dr. Betül AYTEPE (Nevşehir Hacı Bektaş Veli University, Avanos Ceramic Application and Research Center – Faculty of Fine Arts Ceramic and Glass Department), Instructor Bahadır Cem ERDEM (Nevşehir Hacı Bektaş Veli University, Avanos Vocational Higher School, Handicrafts Department), Instructor Nizam Orçun ÖNAL and Instructor Pınar Baklan ÖNAL (Erciyes University, Faculty of Fine Arts Ceramic and Glass Design Department) formed the organization commitee. The working group consisted of Instructor Maged Zaky Hassan (Erciyes University, Faculty of Fine Arts Ceramic and Glass Design Department) and Research Assistant Hatice Aybike Karakurt (Nevşehir Hacı Bektaş Veli University, Faculty of Fine Arts Ceramic and Glass Department).
On the occasion of the event, in which 16 guests, academicians from Poland, Rumania, Tunisia, Croatia, Latvia and Turkey and pottery craftsmen from Avanos participated in large size ceramic works were installed permanently in the region. At the symposium, where multi-purpose educational and artistic applications were conducted with salt, raku firing and outdoor alternative ceramic firings, a useful event with inter-university interaction took place with the participation of instructors and students from ceramic departments in our country.