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Alev Ebüzziya Siesbye
MONUMENTAL BOWL
inscribed alev / '82
partially glazed stoneware with wax resist decoration
28 x 48 cm diameter (11 x 18  7/8  in.)
1982
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Provenance

see lot 137

Catalogue Note

It was in her native Istanbul that Alev Ebüzziya Siesbye discovered her love for ceramics, but it was in Denmark, her home for many years, that she learned to refine her technique, under the guidance of master potter Nils Thorsson at the Royal Copenhagen Manufactory. Siesbye’s oeuvre can be considered exclusive in every way, as she produces exclusively stoneware pots using the coil technique, which are then finished on the wheel. Although her pieces take on many different shapes, from low, wide forms to high, rotund vessels, the ‘pot’ remains at the core of her oeuvre: ‘I am obsessional – I do nothing but pots.’ This form, combined with the stoneware and glaze, are the defining elements of Siesbye’s work:  ”It’s important to understand the materials that you use. You cannot do good work if the material is not good. Clay and glazes need understanding. You need a dialogue with them. You personalise them. They are like your handwriting.”

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