Beliz Iristay

La Frontera

I met ceramic artist Beliz Iristay while visiting the glass blowing brothers Jamex and Einar de la Torres near Ensenada in Baja California a while ago. Beliz lives and works on both sides of the border, in Baja California and San Diego.


Q: How does the border influence your life and work?

A: “(The) US-Mexico Border area gives me limitless materials and ideas to create and explore distorted politics and traditions in my art work.”


From her website:

Born in Izmir,Turkey, Beliz graduated from Dokuz Eylul Fine Art University with a focus on Turkish Ceramics Arts. She moved to both USA and Mexico in 2005. In her work, Beliz often uses the venerable traditions of her home country(s) and combines them with contemporary techniques. She collects the subject materials for her work from the traditions and politics of the countries she is living in. Beliz now passes on her ceramic knowledge by teaching in her studio in Ensenada-Mexico. She continues to explore new ways to develop her art in different forms.
She has shown her work internationally in Usa,Turkey and Mexico.She got nominated for arts grants and public art projects in San Diego,Ca and Izmir,Turkey. She now lives between in Baja California, Mexico and in San Diego, California with her family.

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