Tülin Edgüer Bostancı, the founder of Kilart Seramik Atölyesi (Ceramics Workshop), which makes a different meaning from every process of production and is nourished by emotions, has an expressionist style. Bostancı reflects every mood and emotion to her designs from happiness to fear, from anxiety to excitement; she emphasizes that integrating her mood swings with clay and soil is a therapy for her.
A passion since childhood
Ceramic art covers a very wide area. Works can be realized in many different fields from industrial production to functional, decorative and artistic object design. Tülin Edgüer Bostancı, the founder of Kilart Seramik Atölyesi, says that self-discovery is of great importance for the individual to know in which field he/she can undertake more effective works. Bostancı stated that her tendency towards art started in her childhood: “I used to create different forms when playing with mud or clay soil while playing outside. Being in the creation process and giving the material a new shape gave me great pleasure even at those ages. I’ve always enjoyed painting classes very much. I had great interest in oil paintings. My grandfather always supported me on this. I wanted to study at the fine arts high school, but I needed direction. When it was time for my university education, I made a clear decision about what I wanted to do. I graduated from Marmara University, Atatürk Faculty of Education, Department of Painting Teaching Ceramics Art Major in 2004.” Tülin Edgüer Bostancı, who worked as an art teacher in primary schools after the university, underlines that she has never been away from the creation process and continues: “I have never stayed away from working on big panels and decorative ceramics. I continued to teach painting and ceramics at the Anahtar Sanat and Sığınak Sanat workshops.”
Designs are shaped according to her mood
Tülin Edgüer Bostancı has been teaching ceramics, painting and marbling at the Artelier student club 3 days a week at Sabancı University for 11 years; she teaches ceramic classes at the Kilart Seramik Atölyesi, of which she is the founder, in Moda, İstanbul on other days. Stating that they are working on a special project with the students of Sabancı University Artelier Student Club, Bostancı said, “We will have an underwater exhibition within the framework of a theme focused on the pollution under the sea created by human hands. In the summer of 2020, we will lay this work underwater, which consists of 15 works, in Ayvalık. I am very happy to be the art director of this reef art project.” Bostancı, who creates human-body figures, facial mimics, and emotion-intensive ceramic designs, gives the following information about her line: “I have a more expressive working style. This mood may vary according to the psychology I am in at the moment. Distressed, energetic, happy, resentful, calm, stressed or unresponsive… Sometimes more tragicomic and sometimes a reflection of instant moods. For example, small and sitting figures reflect the mood swings of chaotic city people. I called those series ‘Deliler’ (lunatics). I work with different series and fantastic constructs according to the concept and the work to be done. The production process is a very important need for me. Both a different therapy and a stance that reflects my perspective on life… I reach a special audience who loves my work and enjoys expressionist works.”
She is getting ready for here solo exhibit
Directed by her emotions, Tülin Edgüer Bostancı, who naturally conveys her mood to her designs, said, “What I feel is reflected in the designs. The bottles I designed inspired by the posters of the movies I love give the same feeling. I also enjoy the works focused on figurative sculpture.” Bostancı has participated in many different group exhibitions. She emphasized that she also participated in an art expo in the Arnavutköy Art Gallery and the Louvre Museum. Tülin Edgüer Bostancı stated that she is preparing her solo exhibition that will be exhibited in 2020 and said, “I am working on a theme that will also include expressionist works. I set a concept that reflects the world of emotion, thought, and spirit of the 21st-century man. Fear, worry, sadness, stress, and many other emotions will coexist.” Bostancı, who gives private ceramics lessons to children and adults within Kilart, dreams of having space where she can produce more freely in the future. Giving information about the technical details of the design process with clay, Bostancı summarizes this process as follows: “I buy mud ready. I prefer chamotte mud for sculpting. After the figurative shaping process is completed, first firing is done at 950 degrees. Then the coloring process begins. This stage is also called glazing or oxidation. Then the design is re-fired at 1040 degrees. Drying of the design takes between 1 week and 1 month depending on the size of the object. From time to time, I also design decorative objects using wood and beachcombed materials.”