Ateliers d'Art de France

Collection

Canan Cankaya


After producing shapes with sleek lines and smooth surfaces, I wanted to experiment with texture in order to restore the stony, wild appearance of my creations, whilst maintaining the immediacy of the creative process.

The cracks on my pieces take me to lands from a different planet. They remind me of imaginary meteorites, but moving in the opposite direction, heading for space from the depths of the earth’s crust.

It’s thrilling to see these cracks forming and watch how the materials interact. On the wheel, the pot sheds the excess material and is just about to tear when it is born, finding its shape again.

I endeavour to maintain the lines of my pots, their timeless shape like a well-formed body, while expressing the moment when their transformation begins.

Canan Cankaya
Ceramist, born in 1979
Lives and works in Arnay le Duc, France

Main exhibitions

2017

  • Galerie Terra-Viva, Saint-Quentin la Poterie, France
  • Tout feu tout flamme, Saint-Leu-la-Fôret, France
  • Cobalt, D’Art Galeri, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Armaggan Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

2016

  • Galerie Goutte de Terre, Paris, France
  • Les Journéees de la Céramique, Istanbul, Turkey

2015

  • Birligin Sinerjisi, Cultural Center Kozyatagi, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Design Foundation, Istanbul, Turkey
  • La Combe du Lynx, Coiron, Saint-Alban, France
  • Thermes de Royat, France

2014

  • Solo exhibition, Galerie Stand-Art, Paris, France 

  • Solo exhibition, Maison du Patrimoine, Cha?tel Montagne, France

  • Galerie Bo??cos, Paxos, Greece

  • Contemporary Ceramic Biennial, SEL, Se?vres, France

2013

  • Chapelle de Notre Dame sur l’Eau, Verneuil en Bourbonnais, France

2012

  • Ceramic Art Andenne, Andenne, Belgium

2011

  • Art Gallery, Izmir, Turkey

Residencies

2015

  • Workshop with Marek Cecula, Design Foundation Bodrum, Turkeyy

2011

  • Foundation VITRA, Istanbul, Turkey

Public collections

2012

  • Beaux-Arts Museum, Istanbul, Turkey

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