Created by Korean Ceramic Artis Kim Yong Moon, Macsabal Wood Firing Symposiums took place this year too in China, Korea and Turkey. China Macsabal completed successfully was organized this year November 6-17, 2015, in the capital city Beijing instead of Zibo.
The theme of Beijing Macsabal Symposium was “peace”. Hundred renowned ceramic artists from all over the world and China were invited to the symposium. From Turkey; Bilgehan Uzuner, Refa Emrali, Semih Kaplan, Ödül Işıtman, Veysel Özel and Mutlu Başkaya attended the symposium as guest artists.
Cultural interaction and knowledge takes place, thanks to this symposium which creates a great opportunity for artists, in terms of meeting and producing together. Also, this symposium initiated by Kin Yong Moon taking place traditionally for 18 years, serves as a model for Korean young generation artists, and also a large number of young artists all over the world. It is pleasing that similar symposiums grow in number in Korea and the world but efforts should be made to keep them original.
Symposium creator and organization committee head is Kim Yong Moon, organizer and sponsor is Ding Yi Bing and coordinators are Mutlu Başkaya, Wang Ging and David Ding.
Through the event, artists made visits to Forbidden City Empire Palace, Wall of China and 798 Art Center, beside their workshops and presenta tions. The symposium’s “Silk Road Exhibition” was opened with a lavish ceremony at Forbidden City Empire Palace. China Minister of Culture, sponsors, Kim Yong Moon, Mutlu Başkaya, Vilma Villaverde and Lee Midleman spoke at the opening. To hear that this was the first exhibition ever opened at the palace, was a piece of news further moving the artists.
At 798 Art Center; David Binns, Mutlu Başkaya, Lee Middleman, center curator and Chinese curator of symposium exhibition attended the panel and press conference held by event organizers.
A 200-page exhibition catalog featuring the ceramic works of guest artists attending the symposium exhibition was published and distributed to the audience at the exhibition.