Going global with ceramic art
Ceren Cengiz, graduate of Department of Industrial Design, Izmir University of Economics (IUE), is representing Turkey at the 4th China " Ceramic Art Design Exhibition”. Cengiz, who has also participated in exhibitions held in India, Pakistan, Morocco, Iran, Bangladesh, Norway, Philippines and Mexico until today, is among 43 artists with her works named “İçe Dönüş” (introversion) in the exhibition in China, where 1,200 works applied worldwide. The exhibition, held online due to the pandemic, will last until May 10.
DESIGNS FROM 20 COUNTRIES
Cengiz, Cengiz, who graduated from IUE Faculty of Fine Arts and Design, Department of Industrial Design in 2013, gave a new direction to her life with the elective course "Advanced Designing in Clay and Plaster" she took at the university and started working in the field of ceramics after her graduation. Ultimately, Cengiz, who was selected for the exhibition in China, where the works of participants from 20 different countries are exhibited, said, “The fact that my university offers elective courses was the beginning of a new path in my life. The Advanced Designing in Clay and Plaster course I took from Prof. Dr. Sevim Çizer changed my life path. I have always combined ceramics, painting, dance, and music in my designs. I have participated in many exhibitions in Turkey and abroad so far. Finally, I was accepted to the Ceramic Art Design Exhibition sponsored by the Chinese Ceramic Society. I am proud to represent my country.”
SYNTHESIS OF THE EAST AND THE WEST
Stating that the eastern and western cultures are synthesized with porcelain objects in her “İçe Dönüş” titled works, Cengiz said, “The pandemic period we are going through has affected all of us mentally and physically. The whole world is being tested. Everyone faces the same fears at the same time and learns to live with them, learns to survive. Art is a form of meditation for me and a place where I feel like I belong. In my work, I was inspired by the transformation of ready-made objects into incense containers during the Ottoman period. I used the luster technique and used shades of blue. Shades of blue express an introversion. I am very happy to take part in an international exhibition.”