Ömer Öner is a Turkish ceramic artist and History graduate based in London who is in his final year at Central Saint Martins studying for a BA in Ceramic Design.
Öner tries to harmonise in his work knowledge of Middle Eastern art, culture, and architecture with the West. He takes inspiration from natural transformation, decaying and ageing processes. Seeking to blur the boundaries between functionality and sculptural aesthetics, he explores clay’s unique qualities of imitation and permanence within its historic contexts. He is fascinated by found objects and their creative potential in forming new bodies of work.
Öner’s current studio practice is to make teapots assembled in combination from moulded parts derived from waste objects. He focuses on the idea of repurposing waste objects by regenerating them in ceramic form to make them useful once again. The waste pieces he collects and uses to make moulded elements are discarded individual objects or leftovers of bigger ones: door handles, wooden and metal furniture pieces, or scrap pewter fragments.