Ömer Öner is a Turkish ceramic artist and History graduate, keen to harmonise his knowledge of Middle Eastern art, culture, and architecture with the West.

Öner is inspired by found objects and their creative potential in forming new bodies of work. He finds the transition process fascinating, inserting his practice into a historic tradition of using clay as an imitative and reproduction material.

His current studio practice is to make teapots assembled in combination from moulded parts. These are derived from found waste objects, discards of individual things or leftovers of bigger ones: door handles, wooden and metal furniture pieces, or scrap pewter fragments. Öner sees them not as trash, but as sources of opportunity and inspiration. By repurposing and regenerating them transformed through his artistry into highly crafted ceramic vessels, Öner restores their usefulness and value. These elegant teapots created from the detritus of modern life point to new beginnings.

Education

  • BA Ceramic Design, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, London, 2016 – 2021
  • Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, City Lit College, London, 2015-2016
  • MA Medieval History, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Canakkale -Turkey, 2002-2005
  • BA History, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Canakkale -Turkey, 1997-2001.

Experiences

  • Studio Technician & Tutor, Studio Pottery London, Victoria, London SW1W 9NF
    September 2019-Present. Upkeeping the studio, recycling / wedging, teaching throwing and hand-building pottery, glaze mixing, reception.
  • Studio Assistant, Nick Cave Ceramics, Vanguard Court, London, Various dates, Slipcasting.
  • Studio Assistant, Akiko Hirai Studio, London N16 7SX
    September 2019- December 2019. Wrapping, boxing the products, writing invoices/delivery notes, archiving, upkeeping studio, tableware making.
  • Fumio Ito, Hachinoko Studio, 57 Sasabatake, Seishidou, Sukagawa, Japan
    July 2019 – August 2019. Upkeeping studio, wedging, slip making, clay mixing, kick-wheel throwing,
  • Studio Assistant, Robert Cooper Ceramic, Studio 2d/e Vanguard Court, London
    Various dates. Upkeeping studio.
  • Studio Assistant, Erdogan Gulec, Beikaya Studio, Avanos, Turkey
    January 2018. Throwing and hand-built traditional pot and vessel making, glazing, organizing the studio.
  • Researcher and Lecturer, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Turkey
    October 2002-July 2006. History, Byzantine Empire and Crusade History Lecturer, Department Administrator.

Exhibitions

  • Unmute, 1-4 July, Oxotowes, Barge House, London
  • Franz Rising Star Online Grad Exhibition July 2021, https://franzproject.com/franz/en/news/grad2021-inter1
  • RHS Urban Garden Show, Lawrence Hall– July 2017 A group exhibition of CSM Ceramic Design students’ selected plant pots from Potted Exhibition. London
  • Pangolin Gallery, London – May 2017. Window display of selected works by CSM Ceramic Design, London
  • Potted, RHS Lindley Library – March 2017. Selected work by CSM Ceramic Design students. London

Awards

  • London Potters Annual Makers Award, Second Runner, October 2021
  • 2020/21 FRANZ Rising Star Project, Franz Rising Star Scholarship (FRSS), August 2021
  • Central Saint Martines Scholarship Award, William Atkinson Scholarship, July 2019