We’re thrilled to welcome Gokce Ozer Eroz to West Acre Gallery this summer, whose creations are handmade, eco-friendly, unique and timeless. She will be exhibiting functional and decorative handmade ceramics inspired by home shapes.

“I have travelled a lot and had the chance to live in other counties, but this is the first time that I feel I’m home. This feeling made me think about what is home and why our homes are so important.”

Gokce (pronounced gurk-che) is the founder and owner of Mindful Atelier.

She has been a passionate ceramic artist for 11 years. She is also a meditation and mindfulness practitioner, a qualified yoga instructor and an animal lover.

Gokce’s ceramics experience is the result of many years of training and study as well as extensive travel. She studied her MA on the ‘Influence of Wabi-sabi Aesthetic on Japanese Ceramic Art’ and completed her PhD on ‘Religion and Clay in India’.

She has written many academic papers and taught pottery skills in her University for over nine years. She has participated in many exhibitions (group and solo) both in her native country of Turkey and abroad (South Korea, Japan).

Throughout her studies, Gokce always considered working with clay as a meditative practice, which turns off a higher level of thinking. You have to let go and give in to the unpredictability of it.

“When I combined the result of my meditation and mindfulness practices with my academic research,” she says. “My works turned into a reflection of positivism, stillness and peacefulness with organic shapes and soft colours.

“I believe in a better-designed world. I try to create a world for people who feel and believe in the same way, communicating my message with my handmade ceramic pieces.

“My aim is to make you feel the art and inspire you with good feeling every time you reach for the mug, plate, cup or other items. Mindful Atelier products are handmade with dedicated craftsmanship, using the best materials possible.”

See Gokce’s ‘Home is Where You Belong’ exhibition 10.30am-4.30pm daily, 24-29 August, 2021, at West Acre Gallery.