Didem Mert was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH. She received her BFA (ceramics) from Northern Kentucky University in 2014 and her MFA (ceramics) from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2017. Mert has exhibited nationally in places such as The Clay Studio, Companion Gallery, Charlie Cummings Gallery, AKAR, The Erie Art Museum, and over forty other venues. Her work was published in Ceramics Monthly’s 2014 Undergraduate Showcase. She was awarded a first prize grant through the Three Arts Foundation in 2014. She was featured on the cover of Pottery Making Illustrated’s January/February 2016 issue. Mert was included on C File’s list of 15 Potters to Watch in 2016. She was also featured on Architectural Digest’s 10 Ceramic Artists Giving Pottery A Modern Update. Mert led a residency at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts during the summer of 2017. Didem is currently a teacher at Queen City Clay, Baker-Hunt and Cultural Center, and a studio artist living in Cincinnati, OH.
"In my work, I make connections between the utilitarian object and its counterparts; the user and/or its environment.
Being the daughter of a woodworker, I was raised in a design-rich environment that influenced who I am as well as my current body of ceramic and small work in metals. The geometry, texture, and functionality of my work emanates from this artistic environment.
Different textural surfaces are created in my ceramic work by using pinched marks juxtaposed with smooth, defined lines and edges. Bright colors paired with a soft earthy color palette create high-contrast focal points in my work. Using geometry, I sgraffito line-work into the pots to heighten the formal elements of design. The line-work on the pots showcases food in its presentation.
My work strives to bring forth a sense of tranquility through its minimalistic design, yet there is a sense of playfulness directed through the color palette and textured surfaces."