Emre Can
Artist Biography:
Born in Bozüyük, Turkey in 1984, Can is an assistant professor at Bilecik Şeyh Edebali University in Turkey. He has participated in workshops in Unfold Design Studio in Antwerp, Belgium and Tethon 3D Studio in Omaha, Nebraska, USA. He was selected as an Emerging Artist 2018 by Ceramics Monthly. He has received the "74th State Painting and Sculpture First Prize" (2018), Blanc de Chine International Ceramic Competition "Excellence Prize" Award, France (2019), and XIV International Manises Ceramic Biennale "City of Venissieux" Award, Spain (2019). He has participated in international exhibitions around the world, including the IV International Ceramics Triennial UNICUM Exhibition 2018; The 2018 International Ceramic Competition Exhibition in Daugavpils, Latvia; The Latvian International Ceramic Biennale.
Creative Concept:

As a tool to shape ceramic I use a three-dimensional printer. Nature surrounding us carries both a material and intuitive feeling and an internal structure that affects us. The feelings and the impacts that these structures have on us are the most important factors affecting me. While nature is so organic, digital media is so artificial. My goal is to transform the artificial forms from a machine into an organic structure with different touches, to capture the opposition between artificial and organic, and to deform the ceramic structures produced by a machine to reveal new forms. While designing to make use of the internal spaces of a structure, I combine the forms that I create in a digital environment with traditional shaping methods. There is a skeleton – a system that constitutes each item and keeps that item alive. The smoothness and perfection that the structure's surface gives and the desire to break it in order to reveal the inner workings lead me to different kinds of adventures.