The Department of Ceramics offers a specialist programme that combines traditional production techniques and contemporary art. The four-year BA (Hons) degree programme in the ﬁeld of ceramics and glass art has the vision of providing students with practical skills in creating and presenting their own original works through workshops, as well as learning material chemistry and traditional techniques.
The programme is based on a triadic bond between technical education, critical thinking and historical perspective that encourages students to demonstrate their artistic practice with ceramic and/or glass material as part of their intellectual and critical inquiry. A wide range of practice-led studios and workshops offer common strategies for creative thinking, complemented by lectures and seminars where visual arts and history meet in the ﬁelds of philosophy, psychology, architecture, design, technology and natural sciences.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Leman Kalay
Head of Ceramics
Born in Izmir in 1981, Ms. Kalay graduated as a second-best student of the Faculty and first best student of the department, with her first degree from Izmir Dokuz Eylül University Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Turkish Traditional Arts (Traditional Turkish Ceramics and Restoration of Ceramics), in 2006. Later, she received her MFA from the Department of Ceramic and Glass after completing her thesis titled “Printing Techniques that Can Be Used on Ceramic Surfaces” in 2009. She studied as a post graduate Erasmus student in the Vilnius Academy of Arts in Lithuania in 2008.
Ms. Kalay completed her PhD at Hacettepe University in the Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Ceramics in Ankara. She received her PhD after completing her thesis, titled “Minimalist Instillations in Ceramic Art” in 2013 March. She earned her Associate Professorship in 2019 December, from Turkish Council of Higher Education. She has taken part in various national and international exhibitions, biennales, workshops, and symposiums in different countries. She has six solo exhibitions and many publications internationally. Ms. Kalay’s works can be seen in some museums’ collections around the world.
During her PhD education, Ms. Kalay was also a lecturer at Ordu University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Ceramic and Glass, in Ordu, 2010-13. She worked as an Assistant Professor at Kyung Hee University, College of Art & Design, Department of Ceramics, in Korea between 2013-2020.
Prof. Dr. Lale Dilbaş
Upon graduating with a degree in Ceramic and Glass from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, she obtained her first Masters from Dokuz Eylul University in the same field. She completed her second Masters in Fine Art at Bretton Hall, University of Leeds (UK) and her PhD in Glass from Edinburgh College of Art, Heriot-Watt University (Scotland), on the subject of Turkish Glass Culture and Its Relationship with Contemporary Glass and Education. Apart from her long-standing career as an academic she has also taken part in various exhibitions and workshops in Turkey and abroad. Her works combine glass and ceramics, and she has a strong interest in traditional pottery making –ceramic cook stoves in particular, especially focusing on South Asia.
Asst. Prof. Dr. Gülgün Elitez
Lecturer Mümine Özdemirağ Yağlı
Mümine Özdemirağ Yağlı was born in Nicosia in 1976. After completing her primary and secondary education there, she went to İzmir in 1993 to study ceramics. In 1998, she graduated from Hacettepe University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Ceramics. Between 1998-2003, she gave ceramic hobby lessons, opened exhibitions and produced many artistic urban ceramics in her workshop in Marmaris, Muğla. She is currently a PhD candidate in “Art and Design” field. Since 2009, she has been continuing her artistic ceramic works in her studio in Çatalköy. Since 2017, she has been working as a full-time lecturer at the Faculty of Art, Ceramic Department of ARUCAD.
Özdemirağ Yağlı participated in various national and international exhibitions, symposiums, workshops and biennials and she has ceramics in various national and international collections and museums.
Lecturer Emir Özkaya
He started art education by winning Atatürk Fine Arts High School Painting Department. He completed his undergraduate education in Department of Glass at Anadolu University Fine Arts Faculty. Throughout his education, he had the opportunity to experiment with many different techniques of glass and to produce works in various disciplines of glass. During this time, he also participated in important events and exhibitions and worked with famous names in the field of glass. In 2015; he participated the Glassprintst Workshop at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University and received the exhibits at the 9th and 10th İnternational Muammer Çakı Student Ceramic Competition. In the same year, he completed his pedagogical formation education and then started working as a glass artist at Odunpazarı Municipality's Hot Glass Workshop. He worked as an assistant artist at International Glass Festivals. In 2019; he graduated his master’s degree in the glass arts at the Fine Arts Institute of Anadolu University. He continues his artistic works actively with hot glass shaping techniques.
Lecturer Ecem Küpeli
Ecem Küpeli graduated from the Department of Glass at Fine Arts Faculty of Anadolu University. In 2019, she completed his master's degree in Department of Glass at Fine Arts Institute of Anadolu University. She reinforced her knowledge of glass through training such as hot glass blowing, mold forming, sandblasting; she was found in artistic glass production in different techniques. She received training in hot glass techniques from different glass artists at the Glass Furnace. In addition to participating in many exhibitions and events in the national area, she won the Ali Rıza Öztürk special award at the 10th Muammer Çakı National and International Ceramic Competition and the Levent Sağol special award at the Bazaar Project in 2019.
Research Asst. Yılmaz Kastanbollu
Kastanbollu finished his high school education on Ceramics in Atatürk Vocational High School, in Cyprus. He is now a Research Assistant in the Ceramics department in ARUCAD.