Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet welcomes the New Year with a special ceramics exhibition and workshop in cooperation with Iznik Classics.
Four Seasons hosts the exceptional artist Adnan Ergüler, one of the last living masters of Iznik Art, which is regarded as a valuable example of ceramic art by the leading museums of the world such as Metropolitan, British and Louvre Museums. This unique collection will be displayed at Four Seasons from December 20, 2014 until January 4, 2015. In addition to the exhibition, the guests may enjoy the opportunity to meet the artist and participate in his workshops during this period.
This exhibition at Sultanahmet is a great excuse to plan the rest of the day discovering the history just a few steps away. This can be turned into a time for families and friends to enjoy the last days of the year in the enchanting surroundings of the Old Town.
Master Artist Adnan Hodja was born in Kutahya, a city with a great reputation from Ottoman Period that has hundreds of ceramic workshops today. He is a unique artisan in Turkey today and may be the last one to work in the traditional way. He comes up with the ideas, selects a clay, throws the piece, paints, glazes and fire it in the kiln. With 40 years’ experience, his original pieces are some of the most highly prized examples sold today. They are of exceptional beauty and quality, also extremely limited in quantity. His pieces are being snapped up by collectors in Turkey and other countries.
The ceramics of Iznik were among the finest works of art produced in the Ottoman Empire. The technical quality of this pottery, the beauty and and immediacy of its designs have long made it one of the most popular art forms from the Islamic world. The Iznik ceramic industry was established and patronized by the Court of the Sultans, and its successive stylistic phases reflect major changes in Ottoman taste from the late 15th to the 17th century. Iznik quartz ceramics are the result of extremely difficult production methods that, carried out successfully, are characterized by an extra white undercoating, very hard glaze and underglaze decorations. The colours are the reflections of precious stones and last forever without fading. They are all derived from metal oxides. The quartz pieces absorbs negative energy and reduces radiation in the places they are used.