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.