Tell us about yourself!
I started to work with glass in 2003. I still improve my skills by participating in glass courses in Cam Ocagi (Glass Furnace) in Turkey. I had a merit scholarship from UrbanGlass (2016) and merit pay for a Contemporary Art Project from Turkish Ministry of Culture (2017). Recently I was granted a Glass Art Society Takako Sano Scholarship award (2018). I’ve ranked as studio manager, designer, educator and interpreter in business life. Now I’m working as a research associate in Dokuz Eylül University, Art and Design Faculty, Department of Ceramics and Glass Design in Izmir, Turkey. I’m the art director of the Zeck magazine since 2004 and my articles about art and culture are published in the Zeck Magazine.
What draws you to the material you work with, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work?
I am drawn to glass because the transparency of the glass makes it possible for the viewer to grasp the object together with the gaps, the bearer of fragility due to its structure and holiness through its relationship to light. In my opinion, the concept of work is more important than its form and its material. However, it is so difficult to shape the glass that it is impossible to fascinate the viewer of the resulting work; it makes me very happy when the audience looks at my work and say, "Is this glass?". I feel like I have persuaded a viewer that something regarded as impossible is possible. The viewer, who is not interested in the concept of my work, appreciates the technique, so I also reach that audience through my material.
What themes do you pursue in your work?
The driving force behind my concepts are irritating situations that makes me feel uncomfortable on my self agenda, mostly about the injustice situations in society caused by management mentality.
What is your dream project?
I want to make a contribution to the development of the glass art field in Turkey.
If you weren't working in this field, what career would you choose?
I would pursue a career as a chef.
What's something about you that most people don't know?
I try very hard.
Why are you a member of GAS?
Because it’s the best way to follow the latest progress in the growing glass art world. I also like the feeling of being a part of a community that adores glass.
To learn more about Fatma Ciftci, or to see more of her work, go to her GAS MEMBER PROFILE PAGE