Şirin Koçak from TURKEY
Ceramicist and academician Şirin Koçak was born in 1978, Razgrad, Bulgaria and graduated from Dokuz Eylül University Faculty of Fine Arts Department of Ceramics and Glass Design in 2005. She completed her Master of Ceramic Arts Degree at Dokuz Eylül University Institute of Fine Arts on the subject of “A Porcelain Making at Jingdezhen and Chinese Porcelain Glazes” in 2009 and her Ph.D. on the subject of “Naked Raku Researches and Applications” in 2014. She has had five solo exhibitions and participated in art biennales, symposiums, congress, workshops and exhibitions in Turkey, Italy, Latvia, Romania, Egypt, Slovenia, Georgia, Argentina, Croatia, Portugal, Slovakia, Lithuania, Poland, Austria, Pakistan, France, Serbia, Poland, Northern Cyprus, Russia, Bulgaria, Spain, Tunis, Korea, Great Britain and U.S.A. Her works were accepted to twenty art collections including Spain Ceramics Museum L’Alcora, Korea Mungyeong Ceramic Museum, Latvia Riga Porcelain Museum and Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre Collection, Croatia The Varaždin City Museum, Slovenia International Ceramic Triennial UNICUM, Asociación Cultural Rumbo Bienal Internacional del Mosaico Contemporaneo BIMC, Ziraat Bank Art Collection and mainly İŞBANK Art Collection. She has had six ceramic art awards and currently teaches ceramic art as assistant professor in Uşak University Faculty of Fine Arts Department of Ceramics in Turkey. She is a member of Turkish Ceramic Society.