Master of Iznik Tiles | Mehmet Gursoy

Prof. Henry Glassie
Famed Ottoman artists of the late 15th to 17th century captured with vibrant colors of precious stones under   the  glaze of  the finest  Turkish Iznik Ceramic, or `Cini.` Today`s Mehmet Gursoy, highly regarded as Turkey`s most exceptional master `Cinici` or maker of `Cini`,  extracts  principles and forms from 15th to 17th century Cini to bring unique new  pieces to life , in exceptional designs that reflect the enormity and richness of the Ottoman Empire as his predecessors saw it. Truly powerful indeed.
"In the far future, when my great friend Mehmet is an old man,some student of art will come to Kutahya and write a book with him as its hero"

"Glassie is University Professor Emeritus of Folklore at Indiana University, a past president of the American Folklore Society, the 2011 American Council of Learned Societies Haskins Scholar, and author of sixteen books, including three cited by the New York Times as Notable Books of the Year: Passing the Time in Ballymenone (1982), The Spirit of Folk Art (1990), and Turkish Traditional Art Today (1994). He has worked extensively with Mehmet Gursoy, a Turkish ceramic artist)"

You can look at these two books of Henry Glassie ;

Turkish Traditional Art Today

The Potter’s Art (Material Culture)

 

Mehmet Gursoy with Henry Glassie ,Kutahya 2009




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