Tuba Önder Demircioğlu
Demircioğlu believes that artistic production cannot be separated from thought and philosophy. She emphasizes the importance of reading and research, which she considers as necessary as the act of creation itself. Throughout her career, she has engaged in studies related to philosophy, art ontology, the history of thought, and aesthetics. As an artist, her priority in creating artworks is to have underlying ideas and narratives, and she considers herself a lifelong learner.
Her collections, which currently consist of five themes and stories, are based on different but consistently centered subjects: humans. The first of her ever-evolving and diverse expressions is the "Dancing Souls" collection, which symbolizes the spiritual world of humans through the virtues of Sufi philosophy. Ceramic plasticity has been instrumental in conveying her thoughts. In the "Warriors" collection, her aim was to symbolize the materialism that humans are compelled to face. The "Roots" collection explores our traditions, culture, and the transmitted knowledge encoded in our genes. In this collection, she enjoyed the contrast created by combining delicate and fragile materials such as porcelain with sturdy materials like bronze, believing that these materials bring an eclectic approach to her narratives. The "Windborne" collection reflects the experiences and encounters of the present day.
Apart from her collections that examine and contemplate the spiritual and materialistic aspects of humanity, she also explores human senses from her own perspective. These series take shape as "Voice," "Frequency," "Scent," and "Iris." The "Voice" collection delves into the relationship between humans and their sense of hearing and certain frequencies, while the "Scent" collection symbolizes the moments etched into our memory through the sense of smell.
Tuba Önder Demircioğlu was born in Eskişehir in 1969. She completed her primary, middle, and high school education in Eskişehir. In 1991, she graduated from the Department of Artistic Ceramics in the Ceramic and Glass Main Branch of the Faculty of Fine Arts at Anadolu University in Eskişehir, under the guidance of Prof. Zehra Çobanlı.
In 1993, she completed her master's degree in the Ceramic and Glass Main Branch of the Faculty of Fine Arts at Marmara University, under the supervision of Prof. Erdinç Bakla, with a thesis titled "Postmodern Ceramics and Personal Proposals." In 1998, she completed her Proficiency in Art education at the same institution, again under the supervision of Prof. Erdinç Bakla, with a thesis titled "Symbolic Expression and its Encounter with Ceramics in Postmodernism."
During her undergraduate studies, Demircioğlu designed at Gorbon Sanat in 1989. Between 1987 and 1990, she collaborated with Atilla Galatalı and Filiz Özgüven Galatalı on ceramic form and surface design projects. The convergence of her art with philosophy and thought gained importance in her collaborations with Atilla Galatalı. From 1992 to 1994, she participated in "Shoe Design and Model Making" training programs organized jointly by ITO, UNIDO, and P.İ.S.İ.E.
As an artist, Demircioğlu organizes workshops and seminars periodically in her own studio. She also collaborates with some municipalities to promote better understanding and popularization of ceramic art. In addition to her ceramic and sculpture works, she engages in design projects in various locations. Demircioğlu continues her philosophical and academic research related to her artistic endeavors and dedicates considerable effort to literary studies in these areas. She is a member of the Turkish Ceramic Society and serves on the Advisory Board of UKKSA (International Knidos Culture and Art Academy).