Collection: Didem Mert

Sebastopol, CA

Didem Mert (she/they) was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH. Mert received their BFA in ceramics from Northern Kentucky University (Highland Heights) in 2014 and MFA in ceramics from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2017. Mert has exhibited nationally in over 40 venues including The Clay Studio (Philadelphia, PA), Companion Gallery (Humboldt, TN), Charlie Cummings Gallery (Gainesville, FL), CLAYAKAR (Iowa City, IA), and Erie Art Museum (PA). Mert’s work was published in Ceramics Monthly’s 2014 Undergraduate Showcase. She was awarded a first prize grant through the Three Arts Foundation in 2014. They were featured on the cover of Pottery Making Illustrated’s January/February 2016 issue. Mert was included on CFile’s list “15 Potters to Watch in 2016,” and was featured on Architectural Digest’s list, “10 Ceramic Artists Giving Pottery a Modern Update.” Mert led a residency at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts during the summer of 2017. In 2018, she was honored as one of Ceramics Monthly’s Emerging Artists and was a summer resident at the Archie Bray Foundation. Mert currently lives between Sebastopol, CA and Burlington, KY and works as a full-time studio potter and workshop instructor.