Born in Izmir, Turkey, I moved to Istanbul to do my Bachelors in Business. Shortly after uni, I took over the Istanbul operation of an international packaging company. I re-founded it, nurtured it and grew it into a successful business. For 8 years, it became my child, my teacher, my lover and my enemy.
Then in 2010, several things seemed to happen all at once: The Global Financial Crisis finally hit the business in full force. My family began to disintegrate. And life as I knew it became unbearable. I found my escape in an interior design course, which soon encouraged me to believe that it wasn't too late follow my dream and start anew.
So in February 2012, my husband and I decided to leave our well-settled life in Istanbul behind and move to Sydney, where I finally got to follow my life long dream of creating and making at the College of Fine Arts, UNSW. For 2.5 years as I did a Masters in Design and a Graduate Diploma in Ceramics, I disappeared and re-found myself in the ceramics studio and the wood workshop.
In September 2014, I've relocated to Perth and worked as a Resident Artist at The Clay House alongside Fleur Schell and Danica Wichtermann.
September 2015 marked another new beginning for me with the arrival of my baby boy Derin.
I'm now a full-time mum and an independent designer-maker with my own studio, where I continue my explorations of materiality, light and tactility.
As a designer-maker, I strive to create timeless objects that are a pleasure to use everyday. I believe in creating objects that are beautifully simple and modest as well as engaging. My minimalistic designs reflect ‘the beauty of the imperfect’ while creating a tactile experience with their organic forms and natural surfaces. I love uniting the contrasting and complementing qualities of clay and wood in my work.
My inspiration usually comes from natural materials and objects. I cherish the beauty of their organic, ‘imperfect’ forms, their honesty and unpretentious simplicity, and the tactility of their patina as they age. I always seek to capture that tactility and sensuality in my work that invites a person to touch and caress. Watching people engage with my work and their reaction as they touch it for the first time is my biggest reward.