Iznik tiles, which decorate the Topkapi Palace and many mosques, reached their peak in the 16th century, when the Ottoman Empire was at its height of prosperity, and picture plates and tableware were used in the palaces. Today, they are still widely used for interior decoration and tableware.
One Japanese woman who was drawn to this fascination is Ryuko Kito, who came to Istanbul in 2003, studied decorative tiles at Mimar Sinan University in Istanbul, and continues to work as a tile painter in her atelier in Istanbul. As MOL Turkey, we asked Ms. Kito a few questions to get to know her better.
Q. How did you become interested in Turkish tiles?
The trigger was that I originally liked miniature paintings and wanted to paint them myself. As I learned the basics of miniature painting and various other traditional arts, I was drawn to the scale and expressive techniques of tile painting, and I decided to major in decorative tiles.
Q. You were awarded the Sakıp Sabancı Art Award. Have there been any changes in your artistic activities before and after receiving the award?
The Sakıp Sabancı Award is given to the top graduating student in the department. All of the courses on traditional Turkish Arts were interesting, and I attended as many lectures as I could and challenged myself, which led me to receive the Sakıp Sabancı Award.
Before and after receiving the award, I continue to learn to create unique works of art based on tradition.
As MOL Turkey, we believe that all traditional arts around the world should be supported. And we support Turkish "Iznik Tiles" and the artists who are fascinated by this art.