Teval! Thanks for joining us for a chat.
Could you tell us a little bit about who you are and where you are from
I was born in Sydney, but grew up in Turkey where I finished High School and University. I always enjoyed visual arts, and I began with oil painting. During the early stages of my Fine Arts degree in Melbourne, I found myself really drawn to the art of sculpture, and I slowly began to indulge in the pursuance of that. Eventually, ceramics became my art form that I am incredibly passionate about – which prompted me to create my line of Teval Guner ceramics .
How would you best describe your work?
I would have to say my art is out of the ordinary and quirky.
Where do you find inspiration? Do certain ideas or subjects interest you?
I love nature and nature on it’s own is a huge inspiration . I am also inspired by the love and gratitude I have for those special people in my life
My love for my daughters would be my biggest inspiration in creating Mother /daughter vases and I enjoy connecting with the people that appreciate the exact emotion captured in ceramic form.
Anything romantic inspires me to continue creating my lovers series.
How does the local landscape and environment feed into your work?
I love everything about this amazing city I really enjoy making Newcastle-inspired art for people appreciating the beauty of this beautiful city.
I am a part of Creative Village Newcastle which is a collective of artists and designers from Newcastle and the Hunter working across various disciplines. We have a store in Charlestown Square. We are a pretty awesome group of creative minds. We love inspiring and empowering each other. I am grateful that I am a part of this amazing team.
Can you talk about your style- what kind of process do you use and how has it developed over the years?
I really love creating the out of the ordinary, organic and quirky pieces that are simultaneously functional as well I particularly centre my pieces with a wabi-sabi philosophy – which is a Japanese world view based around the acceptance of both transience and imperfection. I use handbuilding techniques. Handbuilding is an ancient pottery-making technique that involves creating forms without a pottery wheel, using the hands, fingers, and simple tools. I use the most common handbuilding techniques which are pinch pottery, coil building, and slab building.
What do you enjoy most about being an artist?
I love the freedom . The freedom to create absolutely anything.The freedom to go
for a swim on my break .The freedom to be myself.
What are the biggest challenges being a creative person?
The greatest challenge is practicing patience, and not allowing myself to rush any step of my process and to wait for the kiln for each and every step of the production process.It can get a little lonely in the studio ,so having friends visit is always a bonus.