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.

Education

  • BA Ceramic Design, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, London, 2016- Present
  • 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. Medieval

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, 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. General help in the artist’s studio, glazing, slip making.
  • Studio Assistant, Erdogan Gulec, Beikaya Studio, Avanos, Turkey
    January 2018. Throwing and hand-built traditional pot and vessels 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

  • Potted, RHS Lindley Library – March 2017. Selected work by CSM Ceramic Design students.
  • Pangolin Gallery, London – May 2017. Window display of selected works by CSM Ceramic Design
  • RHS Urban Garden Show, Lawrence Hall– July 2017 A group exhibition of CSM Ceramic Design students’ selected plant pots from Potted Exhibition.

Awards

  • Central Saint Martins Scholarship Awards, William Atkinson Scholarship, July 2019