Organized in cooperation with Dumlupınar and Ahmet Yesevi Universities, “International Khoja Ahmet Yesevi Symposium of Tiles and Ceramics” is hosted by Ahmet Yesevi University, which is located in the Turkestan city of Kazakhstan, and took place between November 16 – 18, 2017 with a large audience and participants with each one of them is specialized in their field, who took on important tasks.
In the scope of symposium’s opening speeches, following names have respectively shared their opinions and thoughts about the symposium with the participants: Prof. Mehmet Kutalmış, Deputy Rector of Ahmet Yesevi University; Prof. İskender Işık, Chief of Dumlupınar University, Faculty of Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering Department; Prof. Alyona Baltabaeva, Manager of Ahmet Yesevi University, Scientific Research and Innovation Department.
Prof. Mehmet Kutalmış emphasized that universities serve as both the guides of their region and institutions that carry it into future by undertaking all the problems and resolving them in the light of reason and science. He stated that Ahmet Yesevi University, within this framework, undertakes the task and acquires the vision of carrying its region to a further advanced level compared to its history, through sustaining the philosophy and school of His Highness Khoja Ahmet Yesevi. Kutalmış ended his speech after the following remarks: “As is known, the tile scenes found on the mausoleum of His Highness Khoja Ahmet Yesevi, reached our day without significant changes and damages after 600 years. Embodying the history of centuries, these artifacts represent the knowledge, accumulation, experience, and character of a powerful and great civilization. Therefore the symposium that is organized in our university, constitutes a remarkable ring in this representation capability.”
Prof. İskender Işık, the Chief of Dumlupınar University, Faculty of Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering Department, started his speech by conveying Prof. Remzi Gören’s longing for the land of his ancestors (the Rector of Dumlupınar University) and his greetings, veneration and fondness to the participants of the symposium. Işık emphasized the value and importance of being present at these lands, which have high sentimental value for all the Turkic World, especially for the Anatolian Turks, in the spiritual presence of His Highness Khoja Ahmet Yesevi. He further stated: “This distinguished event, which is being held by two universities established almost at the same period, is the first and most important event in the field of tile-ceramics. For this reason, it is also important to mention art exhibitions consisting of tile and ceramic works, which we will launch shortly; the scientific papers and poster handouts to be presented to you within the scope of these sessions, and the speeches to be given by our distinguished guests, who will participate in the panel entitled ‘The Global Position of Traditional Ceramics and the Establishment of a Ceramic Factory in Kazakhstan’. Because while the results of this symposium will contribute to world’s science and art literature, it also serves as the first step towards revitalizing the tile and ceramic culture, which was born and flourished in these lands.” Adding that universities have the responsibility to primarily render services to their region, further to their country and finally to all humanity, Işık ended his speech with the intense applause of the audience.
Realized after the opening speeches, the first session started under the chairmanship of Prof. Recep Artır, the Chief of Marmara University, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. The panel was attended by the following names along with their announcements: Prof. Paolo Zannini, Lecturer at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia and the President of Italian Ceramic Association; Prof. Khaled Omar Tadmori, Lecturer at the Lebanese University, Faculty of Fine Arts and Architecture, and the Deputy Chairman of the Tripoli Municipality; Prof. David Stuart Binns, Lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire, School of Art, Design and Fashion; Prof. İskender Işık, Assoc. Prof. Nureddin Gülaçtı, the Chief of Dumlupınar University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Ceramic and Glass Department; and Assoc. Prof Veli Uz, Lecturer at Dumlupınar University, Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
The following exhibitions have been launched after the first session: the ceramic works exhibition entitled “Kalevani”, which was created in the scope of the social responsibility project of Prof. Osman Şan, the Deputy Dean of Dumlupınar University, Faculty of Architecture and Lecturer at the Department of Materials Science and Enginnering, and designed by Gökhan Akca, Instructor in the Fine Arts Faculty; solo tile exhibition entitled “Kütahya Tiles in the Shade of Plane Tree” by Hamza Üstünkaya, a Tile Artist from Kütahya who is one of the artists of the Republic of Turkey, Ministry of Culture; and the solo ceramic exhibition once again by Gökhan Akca, which is entitled “The Journey of Oğuz”. The works included in the exhibitions received critical acclaim from the participants and visitors of the symposium.
In the second session that was chaired by Prof. Khaled Omar Tadmori; Prof. Recep Artır, Prof. Osman Şan, Uğur Kut, Teaching Assistant in Dumlupınar University Faculty of Architecture and Emre Berksun, Sales and Business Development Manager of Ece Seramik have presented their announcements.
Moderated by Prof. İskender Işık, the panel entitled “The Global Position of Traditional Ceramics and the Establishment of a Ceramic Factory in Kazakhstan” hosted Prof. Paolo Zannini, Prof. David Stuart Binns, Prof. Recep Artır, Assoc. Prof. Nureddin Gülaçtı, Gökhan Karaaslan, the Owner and General Manager of Refsan Trade. Co. Ltd, Adnan Baykal, the CEO of Eskişehir Viba Seramik, Ahmet Çenesiz, the CEO of Ece Holding and Mustafa Kıratlı, the CEO of Altın Çini & Seramik. They shared their opinions and experiences with the audience regarding the subject.
In the frame of the technical and cultural visits of the symposium, the participants have visited: Kazakhstan / Shymkent Industrial Zone and Zerde Ceramic Factory, Ahmet Yesevi University Museum of Archeology, Culture and History Museum of Turkic World, Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmet Yesevi, Mausoleum of Arslan Baba, who was the Master of His Highness Ahmet Yesevi, and other historical venues of Turkestan.
International Khoja Ahmet Yesevi Symposium of Tiles and Ceramics ended with a gala dinner which was hosted by Ahmet Yesevi University. Addressing the participants and guests during the dinner event, the Deputy Rector Prof. Mehmet Kutalmış and Vice Rector Asst. Prof. Mustafa Eren have expressed their sincere thanks to academicians and businessmen from Turkey and other parts of the world, who atttended the symposium and made significant contributions, invested in the events and devoted their time, and they further presented their certificates of participation and appreciation.