Here in her own words is how she
started her love affair with her art:
‘I started behind the pottery wheel in 1977 at University of California, Berkeley, ASUC’s Ceramic Workshop. Upon moving to Turkey and before the start of my own work studio, I interned at the ceramic workshop of Art and Sculpture Museum in Izmir for 4 years. I moved to Istanbul in 1998, where I fell upon the exhibit of ‘gold letters’ at the Sabanci Museum.
This was my introduction to the art of calligraphy that inspired me to stylize and apply the Ottoman alphabet into my ceramic work. Today, I am producing for upscale restaurants, museums and art stores. My passion for this form of art is due to my beginnings with the pottery wheel. For me, throwing the wheel is a way of confronting oneself.
I am comforted working alone or in quiet environments with little conversation and listening to lots of music. I have 20 yrs of teaching behind the wheel. To share this expertise and knowledge comforts me. Every time we open the kiln, a surprise awaits, a new experience. Sometimes, it is happiness, and other times it is disappointment. This keeps me alive, excited… Since I get bored easily, I feel that I have found my life’s passion…