ZEYNEP TESTONI CERAMICS
Zeynep Testoni makes both functional and decorative ceramic art inspired by the ocean and natural surrounds of her home in the village of Gerroa, NSW, Australia. Her works are either wheel thrown or hand built using porcelain or stoneware clays.
Zeynep prefers to make in small batches with each vessel taking on a character of its own. The eclectic and diverse nature of her work means that each piece is truly unique. She works intuitively using a variety of surface decoration techniques, including: carving, underglaze painting, coloured slips, lustres and glazes. Therefore, if you see it and you like it, she suggests you buy it as there most likely will never be another one like it.
With an attention to detail and love of intricate patterns, Zeynep's pieces reflect her passion for life, sun and the sea. Her motifs allude to traditional Turkish motifs but with a modern twist.
Currently producing functional tableware and stunning decorative pieces, Zeynep's work would look great in any corner of your home.
When you buy a Zeynep Testoni original, you know you will be receiving a quality item made with love, passion and pride.
DESIGNED + MADE IN
Gerroa, New South Wales
Where do you get your inspiration?
"I am inspired by the world around me and the world within me. I love the ocean and the textures of rocks, shells and corals and as such some of my work reflects this. My Turkish heritage features in the motifs I use and in my use of gold lustre."
What has been your favourite piece and why?
"This is like asking which child I like the most. It's so difficult to choose one. I like some pieces for their simplicity, other pieces because the glaze worked its magic and others because I've spent hours intricately carving or painting a detailed design. Please don't make me choose one!"
What is your favourite material to work with?
"I'm loving working with Keane’s Lumina porcelain at the moment. It’s so silky smooth and when fired is incredibly translucent. I’m currently working on making larger vessels, using porcelain, which is tricky but very rewarding."
If you were to expand your product range to something entirely different, what would it be?
"I'm drawn to the interplay between ceramics and light and although I've made a few candle holders to date, I'd like to experiment with the luminescence of porcelain and produce a range of lighting that reflects my personality."
Describe your products in three words...
"Distinctive. Vibrant. Versatile."
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