Technical and Esthetic Association in Zehra Cobanli’s Ceramics

By Dilek Alkan Ozdemir.

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Mankind first shaped the soil according to his needs in the Neolithic Era (6800 BC). In time, to differentiate their works and to add esthetic beauty, potters decorated their forms. First decorations are made through scratching onto the surface of the ceramic. Later colorful soil is used to utilize surface of ceramics. Today this method is called “slip decoration”.

Slip decoration is the oldest and most widely used docaration method and can be seen everywhere and in every culture in the world. First slip decorated ceramics are found in Anatolia (5000-5500 BC). These residential areas are Hacilar and Catalhoyuk and there is evidence that they are at the epicenter of a greater ceramic industrial area. They pictured ceramic pots with red ochre (Cobanli, 1996, 2). Later slipped ceramics can be seen in a wide area from Anatolia to China. Persian and Egyptian slipped ceramics, Greek and Roman terra sigilata type slips, similar slipped works in Pueblo Mexico, 19th century American slip glazes took place in history.

The fundamental and indispensable slip technique can be seen in the works of Zehra Cobanli, who is a contemporary Turkish ceramic artist. Cobanli starts with familiar and traditional pot culture while referring traditional ceramics with modern versions. She uses her specific high temperature slip technique without alienating traditional and with a pictural decoration style.

This study shows the diversification of traditional decoration method of slip technique in Zehra Cobanli’s works.

Keywords: Ceramics, Slip Technique

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp.91-124. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 5.177MB).

Associate Professor Dilek Alkan Ozdemir

Assistant Professor, Ceramic Department, Anadolu University Handicapped College, Eskisehir, Eskisehir, Turkey

Dilek Alkan-Ozdemir has been Assistant Professor at Anadolu University since 2006. Exhibitions include
  • 1997 1st International Student Triennial, Dolmabahçe Art Center, ISTANBUL
  • 2000 Seramiktek 2000, 2nd International Ceramic Porcelain and Glass Technologies Fair, ISTANBUL.
  • 2001 China, Japan, Turkey Mixed Exhibition, Tsinghua University , CHINA. 2002 Anadolu Üniversity Fine Arts Faculty Students and Instructors Mix Exhibition Muenchen-GERMANY 2003 Anadolu Üniversity Fine Arts Faculty Ceramic Department Students and Instructors Exhibition ,Green Galeri Tokyo-JAPAN 2004 6th International Ceramics Symposium and Art Exchange Program Exhibition, Eskisehir , TURKEY 2005 “Young Ascension 2005” Mixed Exhibition, Pera Museum, ISTANBUL. 2005 7th International Ceramics Symposium and Art Exchange Program Exhibition, MEXICO. Prizes include 2002 VII. Gold Jug Ceramics Competition, 3. Prize, IZMIR. 2004 VII. Gold Jug Ceramics Competition “ Special Prize” IZMIR 2004 International Muammer Çaki Ceramic Competition “Prize” ESKISEHIR. 2010 Kütahya Porcelain ceramic competititon "specialPrize", KÜTAHYA Articles include 1999 “Contemporary American Ceramic Art”, Anadolu Sanat, Anadolu Universityi, Fine Art Faculty, Number 10, ESKISEHIR. 2001 “Art, Artist, Ceramic Art and A Ceramic Artist”, Anadolu Sanat, Anadolu Üniversitesi, Fine Art Faculty, Number 11, ESKISEHIR. 2003 “Paperclay and Its Historical Development”, III. International Eskisehir Terra Cotta Symposium Proceeding Book ESKISEHIR 2007 “Talavera Ceramics” Journal of Turkish Ceramics Federation, May-June 2007, No:21 Presentations include 2007 “Model Shaping And Moulding In Plaster Lathe For Ceramics Production By Hearing-Impaired Student As Visual Material” Insea-Art Education Research and development Congress, 17-20 July 2007, GERMANY 2008 “Art, Artist, A Ceramic Artist: Füreyya Koral” 10. International Interdisciplinary Congress, MUNDOS DE MUJERES/ WOMEN’S WORLDS2008, 3-9 JULY 2008, Madrid SPAIN. 2008 “Applaying Traditional Iznik Chini Themes in Contemporary Pattern and Fashion Design” 3. International Conference on the Arts in Society, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, 28-31 July 2008, UNITED KINGDOM.


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