By Heidi Trautmann
This year there were 27
participants with 43 works chosen for the exhibition at the Ismet Güney Art
Centre in Nicosia and I was very pleased to see not only the results but also
the enthusiasm given for an art discipline which is one of the oldest of human
existence. Our ancestors living in caves and from what nature offered them
found the clay and started to form objects in which they could store their food
and which was fire resistant; later they added decorative motifs to objects,
for example in the bronze ages which we can still admire today.
Although refined, the procedures
of creating ceramic art have not changed much. The clay is still collected from
the earth – there are deposits to be found in Cyprus, for example Dizayn 74,
the only pottery in the TRNC since 1974 produces workable clay - and the
objects still hardened by heat/fire. (See my interview with Dizayn 74 and
Semral Öztan on my website.)
In 1999 the Kuzey Kibris
Seramikçiler Derneği / North Cyprus Ceramists Association was founded by seven
ceramists; Semral Öztan is the present President of the Association and she is
responsible for the organisation of the event which is supported by the
Cultural Directorate of the Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Culture.
I have seen the outcome of all
five competitions; it has always been the idea to motivate people to know more
about the discipline of ceramic art, to promote it and to educate people in
this ancient handicraft. Worldwide the craft has gained increased interest
again after the industrially produced ware had taken over the market.
There were three achievement
prizes (Hale Gündüz, Kezban Dolmaçı, Nelin Tunç) chosen by the jury and one
mention worthy Melek Serap). Most of them have private education in working
with clay in ceramic studios as there is the question of a kiln to fire the
pieces. The theme for the competition was free but I realised that the works
tended towards mythology, the sea, people and animals; there were some abstract
installations. I liked very much what I
saw because the work was done with emotions and enthusiasm.
The exhibition was opened by Dr.
Sibel Siber who emphasized the importance of art as a language to overcome
problems, and I agree with her when she said that Cypriot people are creative
The exhibition is open to the
public until January 15, 2015 in the Ismet Güney Art Centre, close to the Küçük
Kaymaklı Post Office at official governmental office hours.
I have not attached any names to the ceramic works as it is for the viewer to select his/her favourite one. The most important is to have participated, isn't it?