A short walk from the bustling Ali Suavi Sokak, referred to by locals as “The Artist’s Square,” Art Sequoia is a newly opened ceramics studio that adds another layer of creativity to this neighborhood. Walking down the street, bright and eccentric ceramic pieces immediately capture your attention and it is impossible not to peek inside to see the hand-crafted personality and details of these objects. Rabia Özdemir Tokat, the owner of Art Sequoia, characterizes her space as a not only a shop but also a workshop space and art gallery. Her motivation for opening the store is to reach people who seek to use art as a form of rehabilitation or therapy, and she invites anyone to participate in one of her ceramics workshop sessions. She starts by introducing people to the clay, teaching ceramic techniques such as wheel throwing and hand shaping, and then allowing them to experiment with the materials and equipment to create their own projects. The sequoia tree is one source of inspiration for her designs, and so is the sea with its infinite shades of blue and bubbles. Each piece that is made at Art Sequoia has a unique texture and shape, boasts of its hand-crafted imperfections, and welcomes the customer to use them with nostalgia.
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