“Ceramic Research and Application Center” was inaugurated in the Kashan city of the Isfahan province of Iran, on January 26, 2018; with the great efforts and supports spreading over two years by the ceramicist and academician Dr. Abbas Abkari and the main sponsor Masoud Lutfi, along with other local organizations. At the opening ceremony, the Rector of Kashan University, Prof. Sevim Çizer, the guest speaker from Turkey and the local administration representatives all addressed their speeches.
Giving ceramic lectures at Kashan University, Faculty of Fine Arts and Architecture, Dr. Abbas Akbari’s initiative to establish a ‘Ceramic Research and Application Center’ in Kashan, stands for a very important step. However, if the artists and art enthusiasts who believed and supported them, hadn’t come together, projects such as “Kashan Ceramic House”, which was established in the city of Kashan, one of the oldest ceramic production centers, wouldn’t have been realized.
Having an history and tradition of ceramics dating back to thousands of years, the city of Kashan unfortunately does not carry the traces of its vibrant history, in terms of maintaining its tradition of ceramics. Because currently, it’s not possible to talk about any production there.
The fact that this center was nestled in spaces that came into existence following the renovation of an ancient Kashan house from the Qajar Dynasty, which hosted and welcomed households throughout the centuries, is much more meaningful than establishing the center in a modern structure.
Dr. Abbas Akbari fulfills a dream by establishing this center in a city that once was the heart of the Islamic ceramic art, along with his idea and the supports of Masoud Lutfi, the main sponsor of the project, and other local organizations. Therefore he did not only realize his own dream but also the dreams of ceramicist academicians and researchers from all across the world.
In the future, this place will welcome many entists and researchers, along with ceramic artists and it will host international workshops, symposiums, congresses and conferences. When this center will pave the way for international events and collaborative works and productions between artists and scientists, Kashan will regain its glorious days. Along with this center, Kashan will be remembered once again all around the world.
This project will also shine out as the best commemoration medium for Kashan’s early ceramic masters. The presence of this center will pioneer the recognition and preservation of Iran’s long-established ceramic tradition, in order to transfer them to future generations as a cultural heritage and it will live on like a monument as the cultural memory of Iran.
This project can be defined as the product of Abbas Akbari’s never ending energy, his enthusiasm for researching and exploring, his passion for producing and the contributions of his supporters who believed in him.