Alev Ebüzziya Siesbye was born in Turkey (1938). She moved to Copenhagen in the early 1960s, first working at the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Manufactory, then opening her own studio where she started creating a unique synthesis of Danish understatement and the millennia of Anatolian art to which she is heiress. She remained in Denmark until 1987, when she moved to Paris, where she currently lives and works.
Alev Siesbye's stoneware pieces are coil-built and the potter's wheel is used merely for the final finishing.
Since the 60's she has created bowls. Variations on a deceptively simple theme, but if one overviews her career, there is a slow, but clear and gradual development discernible. She has achieved this through subtlety: a slight narrowing at the neck, the knife edge sharpness of the rim. These are all slight, but meaningful and considered, modulations that cumulatively set a Siesbye bowl apart from the rest and joins it to a long succession of inspired bowls of her proud ancestral past.
The shape of Siesbye's bowls provides an intriguing contrast to the glazes that she uses. She has created some of the most superb, singing, colour-saturated, matt glazes - colours that bring to mind the blue waters of the Aegean.
In her most recent work, which will also be on show at Puls, a new Siesbye will emerge. Whereas her pots have been traditionally defined by their stunning blue/turquoise glazes or by the gravity in her great black double - walled pots, Siesbye is showing us a new direction. The latest vessels are still as we know them; elegant and light in their shape but with a new colour pallet in matt, dark gray or black glazes as the stones in Mesopotamia; basalt, slate, schist and anthracite. Gold and silver luster have been applied, within motives which achieves a radiant effect.
No matter what direction her art takes, Alev Ebüzziya Siesbye is one of the most outstanding contemporary ceramists and her pieces can be seen in the permanent collections in more than 35 museums around the world.