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Contemporary Blue-and-White:

İznik Ceramics by Mehmet Gürsoy and Nida Olçar

Plate with golden horn design

Mehmet Gürsoy, İznik Çini, Kütahya


Fritware, underglaze-painted

Diameter 30 cm

Image courtesy of Mehmet Gürsoy

This exhibition features forty ceramic works by two award-winning contemporary Turkish potters. Both artists work in a traditional İznik style that makes use of contemporary design elements. Mehmet Gürsoy was recognised as a UNESCO Living Human Treasure in 2009, while Nida Olçar, a much younger artist who has continued the renowned workshop and ceramic style of her late father Sıtkı Olçar, was awarded the same prestigious UNESCO award in 2008.


İznik pottery is named after the town of İznik, where these finely decorated ceramics have been manufactured since the last quarter of the 15th century. Local craftsmen developed simple earthenware pottery into a more sophisticated manufacture of high-quality ceramics painted with cobalt blue patterns and coated with a colourless glaze.


This modern form of production developed under the patronage of the Ottoman court in Istanbul, which traded with China and greatly valued Chinese blue-and-white porcelain. Consequently, the iconography of İznik ceramics combined traditional Ottoman arabesque patterns with Chinese motifs. Today, contemporary artists remain true to traditional design sources by creating objects that relate to cultural exchanges from the time of the Ming dynasty.


Visitors are welcomed to join the morning coffee session and guided tour with the artists on the first day of the exhibition.


Artists' guided tour:


10:30am - 12:00pm



1 JUN - 19 AUG

 9:30am - 6:00pm

 1:00pm - 6:00pm


Closed on University and Public Holidays

26 MAY (SAT)
12:00pm - 1:00pm 


University Museum and Art Gallery,

The University of Hong Kong

2/F, Fung Ping Shan Building

90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam


Artists' guided tour: all welcomed, free admission on first-come-first-served basis


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