ALEV EBUZZIYA SIESBYE 

I like that my enamels are like a skin vibrating on the skeleton, and that we feel the earth below.

Originally from Turkey, Alev Siesbye moved to Germany, then lived in Denmark, before settling in Paris in 1987. With this cosmopolitan baggage, she led a brilliant international career as a ceramic artist; a life dedicated to one of the oldest ceramic traditions inherited from millennial civilizations: the art of making a bowl. From east to west, she traveled across countries, embraced different cultures, winning the challenge of exoticism and syncretism, without ever straying from her aesthetic quest.

 

In recent years, ceramics have experienced revolutions among which eccentricity and provocation have often attracted much attention. The sculpture, led by trained ceramists or visual artists using the earth as a medium of expression, has become less conventional, so much so that the tradition of the container seems to have become obsolete. Yet, Alev Siesbye continues to believe in and share with us, without any conservatism, his passion for material and technique, far from the developments and trends advocated by contemporary art.


It also uses decorative techniques very different from that used for traditional sandstone. The patterns and designs are not applied to the surface of the enamel but are etched inside the enamel, using a stroke of wax, according to the technique "cuerda seca" developed in Persia during the 13th and 14th centuries.

The decorations thus punctuate the walls of geometric abstract forms, which are quite representative of the motifs inspired by oriental cultures.

On some bowls, mostly blacks, angular patterns in zigzag shapes show the possible influence of geometric patterns found on Kilims or Ikats.

The ancient Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Greek and Anatolian art, to which Alev is attached, not only culturally but also emotionally, is marked by a quest for timelessness and permanence, continuity and remembrance, which ultimately hides the need to capture that ultimate essence of eternity.

 

The immaculate presence of the bowls of Alev Siesbye refers to this same notion. Silent receptacles dedicated to a mystical contemplation, objects of meditation, they resonate together with the same imperturbable vibration that unites the present moment with eternity.

Works by this designer

Bol en grès noir et blanc
Bol en grès noir
Bol en grès bleu
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It uses decorative techniques very different from that used for traditional sandstone. The patterns and designs are not applied to the surface of the enamel but are etched inside the enamel, using a stroke of wax, according to the technique "cuerda seca" developed in Persia during the 13th and 14th centuries.

 

The decorations thus punctuate the walls of geometric abstract forms, which are quite representative of the motifs inspired by oriental cultures.

On some bowls, mostly blacks, angular patterns in zigzag shapes show the possible influence of geometric patterns found on Kilims or Ikats.

Publications

Alev Ebuzziya Siesbye has been published in the specialized press.
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