Macsabal Wood Firing Symposium, started by South Korean ceramic fine artist Kim Yong Moon first in Korea and China 18 years ago, has been continuing in Turkey since 2011.
This year, the fifth event was organized, chaired by Kim Yong Moon and coordinated by Mutlu Başkaya, with Ankara Hacettepe University Faculty of Fine Arts Ceramics Department host, in Turkey.
The symposium attended by esteemed artists who have proven themselves in Turkey and the world with works in collections takes place under the sponsorship of Hacettepe University President’s Office, Faculty of Fine Arts Dean’s Office and Korean Embassy.
Hacettepe University Ceramics Department Head Prof. Dr. Candan Dizdar Terwiel notes that this event is a major one bringing together the ceramic community in Korea, China and our country in consecutive periods during the same year and that has transformed into a significant event where sister country Korea and Turkey can share their deep-rooted ceramic pasts and contemporary ceramic applications with the whole world.
During the symposium, which takes place with Faculty of Fine Arts Ceramics Department instructors Doğan Özgün Doğdu and Ilhan Marasalı, HU Scientific Research Unit Projects create ceramic tile and monumental statues which are fired in the Macsabal Kiln in the Ceramics Department. The students assist the artists during this work.
At the symposium which started when Korean artist Kim Yong Moon built the Macsabal Kiln in 2010, wall tiles and small sculptures were made in the first years with ceramic statues built to be installed in Hacettepe University campuses at symposiums of 2014 and 2015.
The theme of this year’s exhibition held for the 5th time at Korean Culture Center was picked as “art for peace” because of the conflicts taking place all over the world and our country. In addition to the ceramic work of Prof. Sevim Çizer, one of the leading names of the ceramic art of our country, who was also the honor guest of the symposium; and painting by Prof. Nazan Sönmez were on display at the exhibition at Korean Culture Center, sponsored by South Korean Republic Embassy; ceramic works of guest artists, department instructors, Assoc. Prof. Emre Feyzoğlu, Asst. Prof. Hüseyin Özçelik, Instructor Doğan Özgündoğdu, Instructor Aziz Özdemir and Instructor Füsun Kavalcı and also by Elisabeth Le Retif (France), Guo Jiefang (China), Hadrian Mendoza (Philippinnes), Hosik Bank (Korea), Lee Taxoo (Korea), Li Ziyuan (China), Lu Zhang (China), Shamai Sam Gibsy (Israel), Yuriy Musatov (Ukraine), Tomohisa Obana (Japan) and Tomoko Obana (Japan) were exhibited. Also, this year, from Turkey, art historian Prof. Dr. Filiz Yenişehirlioğlu and from Ukraine, art historian Tania Zinenko made presentations at the symposium as guests of honor.
Shamai Sam Gibs, a guest artist from Israel held a workshop with our students and artists on terra sigillata, obvara and milk firing techniques.
All guest artists donated the tiles and statues to HU campus just like the artists of last year.
Last year, 2014 International Macsabal Wood Firing Symposium was attended by Tüzüm Kızılcan, İbrahim Demirel, Bilgehan Uzuner and Yüksel Öcal as honor guests, with Vilma Villaverde, Abbas Akbari, Ivan Fizer, Gioela Suardi, Sarra Ben Attia, Mohammed Hachica, Pim Sudhikam, Tuk Skumarl, Danijela Piculian, Vedia Okutan, Brad Tailor, Kerri L. Buxton, Kemal Tizgöl, Kadir Sevim, Cüneyt Er, Hasan Başkırkan and Rüveyda Terkeşlioğlu participating as guest artists.
Some of the works by these artists are presented below with their looks after being fired in Kim Yong Moon’s Macsabal Kiln.