Ceramic Traces of Times forgotten
By Heidi Trautmann
Some weeks ago Ayhatun Ateşin, Mümine Özdemirağ and
Rauf Ersenal have been holding a workshop at the Bandabuliya, one of the
praiseworthy art activities to bring life into the place.
It is not the first one and will certainly not be the
On 23 September the ceramic students of all age groups
had their work displayed in the beautiful hall of the Bedesten just opposite. I
took a photo of one of the younger ones proudly showing me his certificate.
Lovely things that the students had created under the
tutorship of the experienced ceramists who have also shown their work. Ayhatun Ateşin
with her unique water fountains and wash stands, Mümine and her relief works
and Rauf Ersenal giving us an idea how the old Bronze Age ceramics looked like.
It is his hobby to research old techniques, patterns either painted like the
Greek or Roman or black clay pottery, the pattern cut or carved. He said that
he has the studio in his garden and a kiln made from bricks which he fires with
wood but he waits for a windy day so the flames are brought to intense heat,
sometimes to 1200°C; the ware has to remain in the fire for twelve hours. The
fire makes a nice effect on the earthen ware.
The Bedesten is a nice place to enjoy art, your
thoughts can easily travel to the past when people still made their own pots
for the soup they ate and made pots just to enjoy the form and the pattern they
have made. We today have not invented creativity, it was always there, only
See the whole range of photos on my website.