By Heidi Trautmann
The second exhibition following the Vounous Symposium in Çatalköy of last year was brought to Girne for all those who did not have the chance to see the first great one in Nicosia at the Bedesten. Here again the link to the story behind it and my texts on all the Terracotta events over the last years.
The exhibition in Girne concentrated mostly on smaller sized objects but with the emphasis to show the different working styles and patterns, various kinds of clay used to give an overview on the culture in this special field of Bronze Age arts. The mayors of Girne and Çatalköy, supporters and organisers of the project, were again present and opened the exhibition.
I spoke to Rauf Ersenal, the ‘spiritual father’ of the project asking him about the forthcoming 3rd International Vounous Terracotta Symposium which has already been announced months ago. It will be held again in the same month of September which seems to be a good time of the year to work in the open bamboo huts erected for the occasion two years ago. Registrations from artists from many new countries are pouring in on a daily basis; the news of our symposium have reached many ceramic artists around the world and they are most eager to participate.
As soon as the weather has become more secure and the brooks and wet lands are a bit drier, Rauf Ersenal will again go across the island to get more supplies of local clay, clay of different shades and consistence, even black clay. A lot of work lies ahead for himself and also the organisers, especially the Çatalköy Belediye people, who will help with all technical issues.
The exhibition will be open in Girne until 12 March. For those who have not been there at the new art gallery…. It is in the small road opposite the ‘Round Tower’ in Girne Downtown, approx.. 100 m on the right hand side.