I am interested in creating handmade objects through which I can communicate my innermost feelings. My vessels explore the relationship between fragility and strength, logic and emotion. Touching the clay enables me to convey these feelings through the repetitive actions of developing hollow forms. I use very rough brick clay to create my work which for me represents the physical state of the human body. However my forms are delicate and petit representing my emotional state.
I am fascinated with 'clay' as a material that has been extracted from the Earth as rocks and strata and it is this feeling which I wish my own work to embody. As a form, I am drawn to the Tulip as it has cultural significance to Turkey where it is considered the embodiment of perfection and beauty. My forms reflect the quality of the tulip, both metaphorically and physically. Just as the rock brings strength into my works so the tulip evokes a fragile and ephemeral state.
My practice continues as a voyage of self-discovery as new influences immerge and combine to form my artistic practice.
The Ibstock Prize for Architectural Ceramics (1 ton of clay)