Rhody Artist ~ New Moon Studio

Hilal Minda
Providence, RI
Etsy shops: http://www.newmoonstudio.etsy.com; http://www.newmooncrochet.etsy.com

1. Tell us about your work
My focus is to develop lines of functional ceramics as well as decorative pieces. I create all my work on a turning wheel or build it by hand. I also have a degree in architecture and I try to incorporate principles and ideas from that field into my artwork.

image: etsy

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter?
I always loved playing with clay since I was a little girl. I was making miniature cups and bowls from our garden soil. I loved watching them dry in the sun…My mother noticed my interest and talent and gave me an opportunity to take extra art classes after school. After one year of preparations for the entrance exams I was accepted to the Marmara University Department of Fine Arts in 1996 and I studied Ceramics/Sculpture for four years. I came to United States in 2000 and established New Moon Studio in April of 2001.

3. Where do you draw your inspiration?
I come from very rich cultural background. The Anatolian and Mediterranean history, traditions and way of life have always been a great influence on my work. These can sometimes be seen in the shapes or in my bright colors choices. I love using contrasting colors on simple or organic shapes.

4. What’s your favorite item to make?
I absolutely love making nested bowls. I have several nested bowl designs and I am always searching for the new ones to explore and refine. They are also a lot of fun to make!!!

image: etsy

5. What’s your best seller?
My best seller item is the Red Pomegranate Vase!

image: etsy

6. How long have you been in Rhode Island?
I have been living in RI since 2000.

7. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island?
First of all I love living very close to the ocean. Rhode Island has so many wonderful sceneries all year round. Nature is beautiful every season but I think my favorite time is fall. I LOVE seeing all the magnificent trees turning to their magical colors. This is a wonderful state full of great history to learn and discover.

8. Please include anything else you’d like to add:
Thank you for the great opportunity.


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