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Cappadocia Series

On the sculpture series, Cappadocia

 

A tribute to my Turkish roots and Anatolia,

 

Cappadocia, a historical natural beauty, is known for its distinctive “fairy chimneys,” tall, cone-shaped rock formations clustered in Cappadocia valleys. Sites include Bronze Age homes carved into valley walls by troglodytes (cave dwellers) and later used as refuges by early settlers. A center of ceramics and pottery; The tens of thousands of clay tablets recovered from the remains of an Assyrian merchant colony at Kanesh are among the oldest written documents discovered in Turkey. Pottery production in Avanos has been continuous since the Hittites. Pottery making is known to be an ancient art since Hittite times (1800 BC) in this area and is continued in the ancient traditional ways. To this date pottery is one of the most important core values among the Cappadocia residents.

 

This magical landmark has always been an inspiration to me. The forever valleys, cave structures, 60 million years of history, its sunsets and sunrises, the smell of the clay, beautiful textures of the chimneys and rock formations, the feeling of looking at humanities past as standing on the very same ground of untouched natural legacy.

In my Cappadocia series I started making vessels while dreaming about my visits, memories and the unforgettable sights of Cappadocia. I let the clay take shape as my mind was taking a journey between fairy chimneys and the Red Valley during a Cappadocia sunset. I wanted to create big wall installations, meter long vessels and even tiny objects to show my appreciation of this gift from our mother earth. Work in progress; some of the works are smaller for retail purposes and some will be kept for an exhibition ergo a large audience can meet with Cappadocia even if they weren't able to visit this magnificent plateau.

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Eleven piece series. Each work is only edition of itself
2021-ongoing
Cappadocia Vessel
Cappadocia Vessel
Cappadocia Vessel

Cappadocia Vessel

2021

Clay, glaze

H51xW19xD18cm

Cappadocia Women
Cappadocia Women
Cappadocia Women

Cappadocia Women

2021

Clay, glaze

H42xW16xD17cm

Untitled (Dark Side)
Untitled (Dark Side)
Untitled (Dark Side)

Untitled (Dark Side)

2021

Clay, glaze

H46xD36cm

Cappadocia Night I
Cappadocia Night I
Cappadocia Night I

Cappadocia Night I

2022

Clay, glaze, repurposed glass

H30xW48cm