Marie Porterfield Barry is an American artist who lived and worked in Kütahya for ten months, from September 2011 through July 2012. She currently lives in Manchester, United Kingdom.


Her four tiles demonstrate her interest in a spectrum of Turkish tile design. The first tile features a contemporary style whose motif is inspired by the angels and seraphim which appear on a collection of ceramic works made by Armenians living in Kütahya during the 18th and 19th centuries. The tile also features the motif of the penç, radially symmetrical flowers.















 

 

The second tile design is a copy of a Selcuk tile featuring a stylized bird with spotted wings. The original tile is in the museum at the Karatay Medrese in Konya. The Seljuq period star-shaped tile was excavated from the ruined Kubadabad Palace on Lake Beyşehir along with a collection of other stunning works of tile art which decorated the 13th century palace.





 



 

 

The third tile design is based on an 18th century tile from Kütahya, which is now at the Pera Museum in Istanbul. The tile was likely designed by Armenian Christians living in Kütahya at the time. The tile features four cherbim with animated faces in the primitive style common in the figurative tiles of Kütahya during the 18th and 19th centuries.




 



 

 

The fourth tile is inspired by a variation on an Ottoman penç found in the 16th century Selimiye Mosque in Edirne. These unusual penç images feature detailed petals with large leaves shooting from the centers of the flowers.




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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