Artist and Professor of Ceramics at the George Washington University, Turker Ozdogan, received his initial ceramics training and Masters of Ceramics diploma at the Applied Fine Arts School, Istanbul, Turkey. He was awarded apprenticeships at Eczacibasi Ceramics Factory, Turkey, and at Furst Adolf Werkstatte Fur Keramik, Buckeburg, Germany. He continued his formal studies in the United States at the Corcoran College of Art + Design as a fellowship recipient, and at the George Washington University where he received his MFA degree. Subsequent to a three-year faculty appointment at Federal City College he joined the faculty at the George Washington University, establishing its Ceramics Program where he continues to serve as director. Reflecting an ambitious and varied exploration of the ceramics medium, the ceramics program provided an exceptionally broad range of courses, encompassing functional, sculptural, architectural, and industrial ceramics.
Both an artist and an educator, Professor Ozdogan endeavors to enrich our understanding of the importance of ceramic sculpture in ancient and modern applications. In this regard, his own work continues to explore lively motifs derived from Native American, Central Asian, Siberian and Anatolian artistic traditions. Professor Ozdogan has been invited to several international workshops and symposiums including Greece, Italy, Turkey, Korea and China. As a professional artist, Turker Ozdogan has achieved national and international recognition through a variety of research grants and awards, juried expositions, and solo exhibitions. These have had varied venues including, most notable, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, Meridian House, and the United Nations Plaza Gallery. His ceramic art has been reviewed and featured on television and in newspapers and periodicals as well as reproduced in texts on ceramics. Professor Ozdogan’s work has been widely collected and exhibited in Washington’s art galleries and the diplomatic community, as well as many public and private collections in the United States and abroad, including The George Washington University Permanent Collection, and Kale Ceramics Museum, Turkey. Other international collections include the United States Korean Embassy, Corfu and Lesbos, Greece Municipality Museums, Bologna, Italy, and Osan City Museum, Korea, and China. Turker Ozdogan traveled to Zibo, China (a center of ceramic art in China) for the 2013 Macsabal International Symposium and Workshop. His artwork was selected for the permanent collection in two different museums. The Qilu Ceramic Glass Art Museum of Jinan, China and the Taishan Ceramics Co. Ltd. Ceramic Museum permanent collection in Zibo, China. Professor Ozdogan was awarded as an Honored guest and received Honorary credentials from Qilu University of Technology in Ceramics. Turker Ozdogan attended the International Golcuk Ceramic Symposium at Koaceli University in May 2015. This symposium, exhibit, and workshop was organized by the Department of Ceramics at Koaceli University. Turker Ozdogan exhibited one sculpture in the symposium group exhibition. Turker Ozdogan also attended the Avenue 212 Gallery International Ceramic Exhibition in Bodrum, Turkey in July 2015. Professor Ozdogan participated in an international ceramic exhibition at the Taksim Gallery, Istanbul Turkey in June 2016. This was by invitation of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. The Taksim Gallery, Istanbul hosted this major exhibition and gallery opening with country-wide coverage in the Turkish media. A large-scale catalog was also published featuring a page with his artwork and a short biography. Turker Ozdogan was invited for the 7th International Golcuk Ceramic Symposium, Golcuk, Turkey, Kocaeli University from May 17-24, 2017 as an honorary artist and consultant for the symposium, workshop, and exhibition.
In July 2019, Turker Ozdogan exhibited at the 23rd Panlesvian Ceramics Exhibition & Symposium where the Mandamados International Ceramics Society made him an honorary member. This is an international exhibition at what is collectively known as the Ceramics epicenter of Greece. The group exhibition was comprised of 20+ artists, and Turker Ozdogan was the only ceramic artist from the United States who exhibited artwork.
Unlike in previous years, 2020 and 2021 placed a hold on international activities. Symposia and conferences I was set to attend were canceled and not hosted virtually.