Felekşan Onar, born and raised in Turkey, completed her undergraduate degree in economics and music history at Cornell University and graduate studies at Harvard Business School. She started off her career as a marketing officer at Citibank and later found and managed several production and retail firms in the textile apparel industry for 15 years. In 2003, Onar moved away from the business arena and started working with glass-something that has fascinated her since her childhood.
Primarily, she started off in a private atelier and later on received her formal education in glass at Glass Furnace, Istanbul. She initiated her own atelier, Fy-Shan Glass Studio, in 2003. Since then, she systematically educated herself formally in all sorts of glass making techniques: fusing and slumping, kiln casting, flame working, hot-forming and blowing, cold-working and practices to incorporate several techniques in her works to present the amazing qualities of the material she has fallen in love with.
‘Glass, not only expresses my past and present, but also my anxieties and expectations for future. Through glass, I speak, breathe and live.’
Onar works out of her atelier in Pera, Istanbul as well as in Berlin and Murano and continues to shows her art work worldwide while she heads the design team of Fy-shan Glass Studio, founded in 2009 as a brand of unique decorative glass objects.
2019 ‘Perched’, V&A Museum, London, June 16th - through 22nd April 2019
2018 Bliss’, Arkas Art Center, Izmir, September 20th- December 31st
2018 ‘41X’, The Venice Glass Week, Palazzo Polignac, September 9th-16th 2018 ‘Perched/Zwischenlandung’, Pergamon Museum, Jan 24th-April 9th , 2018
2017 ‘Dazzled’, Contemporary Istanbul 12th edition, PG Art Gallery
2016 ‘IVY’, Contemporary Istanbul 11th edition, M.int Gallery
2014 ‘Made in İstanbul’, Edsvick Hall, Stockholm & The Glass Factory, Boda
‘Intikal’, Chalabi Art Gallery
2013 ‘Dance with Colors’, Chalabi Art Gallery, Istanbul
2011 ‘Vorsicht Glas’, Pergamon Museum, Berlin
‘Sea Urchins’, Nadania Idriss Gallery, Berlin
Summer Exhibition, 1st edition, Antrepo, Istanbul
2010 ‘Cam Yoldaşım’, IKSEV, Izmir
Glass Furnace Exhibition, Egeart, İzmir
2009 ‘Glass from Turkey’, Riihimaki Glass Museum, Finland
2008 ‘Through a Hole’, Nadania Idriss Glass Gallery, Berlin
2007 ‘Triad’, Design Week, İstanbul, 1st edition
‘Glass Friends’, Anadolu Glass Museum, Eskişehir
2006 ‘Casted Works’, Dirimart Gallery, İstanbul
2005 ‘Glass Friends’, Dolmabahçe Palace, Istanbul
2004 ‘Light and Reflections’, Dirimart Gallery, İstanbul