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The theme of my artworks are botanical and natural life

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The theme of my artworks are botanical and natural life

Esin Alptuna is inspired by the beauty and artistic expressionism in hand painted porcelain  made possible by new and old techniques and material. She also aims  to increase the interest of  art lovers  in traditional Turkish designs expressed in a new and creative way on overglazed porcelain. She is constantly doing research on creating new and unique designs as well as interpreting designs from the works of classical artists. She owns a collection  of over 750 publications on art, hand painted china, antique porcelain, museum collections and nature. Recently she has been concentrating on naturalistic designs, mainly of  botanical and ornithological nature.

Coming from an artistic family, Esin Alptuna  was born in  Ankara, Turkey. She graduated from Santa Barbara High School in California while on an American Field Service scholarship.  In Turkey, after finishing Ankara College, she  studied Law at  Ankara University. After her graduation, she followed her diplomat husband onto foreign postings for more than twenty-five  years and brought up two sons..

She started taking drawing, painting and porcelain decorating lessons in Copenhagen in 1975. She  especially concentrated on porcelain painting at the studio of Herr Erik Nervil for three years.  When she moved to Brussels, Belgium in 1979,  she studied at the studio of Madame Denise Labeye for  two years, and  she painted at different studios for two more years while living in Dusseldorf, Germany.

In 1986,  while teaching Turkish at New York University, Esin  also taught  china painting for four years. Back in Ankara, she continued  teaching porcelain painting  at her home studio and English  at Middle East Technical University for three years. Esin studied naturalistic and Meissen  styles with Herr Ole Lindgren and American style painting techniques  with Frau Anneli Reinikainen  in Finland,  at the same time teaching Turkish designs and painting techniques at  her home in Helsinki, Finland.  During the same period,  she studied portrait painting in oils  with Herr Serguei Zlenko. In  1997, when the family moved to Paris, she painted in Atelier Chambrelain, Invalides  and taught again for two more years.  She taught at  her own studio  in Ankara  for two years while on  a home posting.  In 2003, she moved to London for four years. She continued painting at  Hobbyceram Studios  and teaching painting in various styles at her own studio. At various times she attended seminars to further her knowledge on different styles and techniques, namely seminars of Ms. Paula Collins in Wakefield, England and seminars given within the Porcelain Painting Convention “Azzurra” in Como, Italy, organized by Hobbyceram.

Esin has been showing  her work in various   exhibitions   in galleries, cultural centers and porcelain conventions in New York, Ankara, Bonn, Dortmund, Berlin and Como since 1988. She has displayed her work in  eight   solo exhibits   She has also given lectures on “History, Development and Styles of Porcelain Art” in Germany and France. Esin’s hand painted porcelain was  displayed in her most
recent  solo  exhibit  in December 2010, at the Art Gallery of Ankara University. This exhibit received  excellent reviews and interviews were published in various art and decorative arts magazines and newpapers.

The artist  is currently teaching in her own studio in Ankara. She also gives  seminars  on various techniques concentrating on  one chosen  project .


  • 1988-89, New York Turkish Center – Displayed her work in art exhibits at the Turkish House
  • 1991 March, Ankara – Solo exhibit at the Turkish – American Association (TAA) Emin Hekimgil Art Gallery
  • 1992 March, Ankara – Solo exhibit at the Turkish – American Association (TAA) Emin Hekimgil Art Gallery
  • 1992 May, Ankara – Participated in “’92 ANTIKA ” Antiques and Handcrafts Fair at the Hilton Hotel
  • 1993 January, Bonn – Solo exhibit at the Turkish Embassy
  • 1993 January, Dortmund – Solo exhibit at the Turkish Cultural Center
  • 1993 February, Ankara – Solo exhibit at the Turkish – American Association (TAA) Emin Hekimgil Art Gallery (with participation of her students)
  • 1994 December, Berlin – Solo Exhibit at the Turkish Cultural Center
  • 1995 April, Ankara – Solo Exhibit at the Emlak Bank Kavaklıdere Art Gallery
  • 2002 May, Como – Displayed her work at the Hobbyceram Porcelain
  • Convention “Convention Azzurra”
  • 7-17 December 2010, Ankara – Solo Exhibit at Ankara University Art Gallery ANKUSEV
  • www.turkishporcelainartist.com

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