sounds mystic…it is mystic, it is the story of the past of Cyprus. The island
of Cyprus has always held a great importance for the people living around its
circumference, only a stone throw away from the coasts in the north and the
east and south, Assyrians, Phoenicians, Egyptians and Hitites took to their
boats in those days of the Bronze Ages, landed, settled, were conquered,
started trading, and finally left samples of their culture in the soil of
Cyprus, in the caves of the Five Finger Mountains, the Kyrenia mountain range.
They buried their dead and gave them goods to have a comfortable journey into
the land of the dead.
goods were one day found, perhaps by a farmer, a shepherd tending his sheep and
sold for good money; it attracted the interest of foreign archaeologists and
they came and dug them out and took most of it to their countries’ museums.
Thus the origin of Cyprus population could be defined but the places of origin
were left empty.
has been the endeavor of Rauf Ersenal, the initiator and director of the
upcoming symposium, from his early days
on to uncover the rich background of Cyprus’s history and I know that he worked
on terra cotta pieces himself for years to learn its secrets. I have been
following him for some years now and I have the greatest respect for his deep
interest and the work he does. Here the link the first terra cotta symposium in
Akdeniz which was a first of its kind. http://www.heiditrautmann.com/category.aspx?CID=7162447553#.WZphHT4jGUk
the help of other enthusiastic ceramists in Cyprus and abroad – altogether
there will be about 80 of them joining in this year’s symposium (about 15 from
abroad) – Rauf Ersenal has the vision to re-establish the island’s past in building
a Bronze Age village with its village life and routine, creating copies of the
household items, items that have been taken away from the island, from the
places they have been found in originally. For months he went exploring the
island to find clay in the valleys they could use to work with and they found
beautiful soft clay, clay that was used in those early days.
place is VOUNOUS, a Bronze Age necropolis near Catalköy, where tombs were found
in the caves nearby. There he and his team have erected bamboo huts for the
symposium to work in and a place for visitors to come and see them working. It
is exciting. I went there the other day, shortly after I came back from Munich
and I found some members of the team working on kilns of the three different
Bronze Age periods, where the goods created by the artists are going to be
fired. All procedures are in the old way. The clay will be worked in basins
with the feet – I think – tools similar to those days will be used, meals will
be cooked on clay ovens.
will not tell you anymore, here is the programme Rauf Ersenal sent me.
will be held from 01 to 16 September and the artists will work from 11.00 –
19:00 hrs. The first 2-3 days the artists will get accustomed to the place but
from then on visitors are welcome to witness the process, learn the various
techniques and in two visitors’ huts they will have the opportunity to do some
work themselves. What an adventure.
official opening will be on September 07 at 19:00 hrs. Road signs will be put
up to take the visitors coming from either Girne or from the east.
The project is
supported by the Catalköy Belediye; Rauf Ersenal is the director of the
project; Celal Dimililer vice director and Cumhur Deliceirmak and Senol
Özdevrim are the art advisors.
heard there are some surprises planned for the opening but I am not supposed to
tell you. I will continue to report.
the meantime you may, if you have internet, search for some more information on
the Bronze Age periods in Cyprus, there are many interesting articles.