He was not ordinary, he always pursued the innovations. He brought a constant dynamism to himself and his art. With his distinctive touch, he created his own style with his own eyes and was recognized all over the world. Sıtkı Olçar from world famous Tile Artist, Sıtkı Usta…      

       Sıtkı Usta, who brought a different dimension to the tile that is among the traditional Turkish Handicrafts, kept the tile that was forgotten and was introduced to the whole world. Sıtkı Usta always loved the place he lived in. He was never torn from Kütahya . He stayed there because he loved Kütahya who inspired himself and his art and tried to attract everyone’s attention to Kütahya. He continued to create works inspired by the living land.The spirit of the artist in him has always directed him to do new things. He went out of the way and went ahead of hundreds of tile masters in Kütahya to announce his name, not everyone. Sıtkı Usta loves ceramics all over the world, not us. Sıtkı Usta is a man of archaeological interest. Sıtkı Usta is a person who is sensitive, cheerful and human living. He is jealous among the ones who love him. Everybody loves his master and wants to spend time with him. Sıtkı Usta With a turquoise coloring paint that he loves so much, he is constantly getting away from the city life to stay alone with nature.Sıtkı Usta, who loves ceramics not only us but all over the world, feeds himself with the traces of the past. Cultural and very old historical objects are being reinterpreted in the mind of Sıtkı Usta and he is confronted with his beautiful forms in his works. Sıtkı Usta, It is called “Mad Silent” because it is a natural situation for him. As he has said and summarized very nicely, ‘Repetition is Craft, Art is a new thing.

EDİTÖR Melda Davran

Born in Kütahya in 1948, Sıtkı Usta founded a small workshop under the name of Ottoman Çini under his own name in 1973. At the beginning of the 1980s, the plates were seen as extensions of traditional 16th-17th centuries Iznik and Kütahya tiles and made bowls. Form, pattern and technical surprises that surpasses itself.

In his works, he constantly strived to bring back the color of the coral red that has not been applied since the 16th century by Iznik and Kütahya. In the works he has produced since 1990, the artist revives the famous Firuze colored secret of the Seljuk revolution in semi-matte and matt. And yellow glazed works we knew from the 10th century Nişabur ceramics.

Volos (Greece) has been exhibiting at major centers of the world art market such as Geneva, Algeria, Tokyo, Osaka, Madrid, London, Paris, Newyork and at the same time a great number of fans have been massive. Today, internationally accepted works are only signed as “Sıtkı” Master still colored glaze(Cuerda seca), Lüster (gold star) and gold leaf works.

Why do you think Sıtkı OLÇAR’s ceramics are so different and famous? My answer is “because you have captured today with historical lines”. Prof.Dr.Gönül ÖNEY


  • 1980 Akbank Art Gallery – BURSA
    1981 Ministry of Foreign Affairs “Turkish Week” – TOKYO
    1982 Yapı Kredi Bank Kazım Tashkent Gallery – ISTANBUL
    1983 Yapı Kredi Bank Baby Art Gallery – ISTANBUL
    1983 Akbank Art Gallery – BURSA
    1984 Yapı Kredi Bank Baby Art Gallery – ISTANBUL
    1984 Ministry of Foreign Affairs Turkey Fair – OSAKA
    1985 Beymen Bedesten Art Gallery – ANKARA
    1986 Aphrodisias Museum Gallery – AYDIN
    1986 Fifth Balkan Countries Handicrafts – Representative of Turkish Volos
    1986 Hotel Grand Yazici – BURSA
    1987 Alorko Art Gallery – ISTANBUL
    1987 Center Cultural Anatolie – PARIS
    1988 Artisan Art Gallery – ISTANBUL
  • 1988 Atika Art Gallery – ANKARA
    1989 Art in Action – LONDON
    1989 Yurakkucho Seibu – TOKYO
    1990 Universi Automade – MADRID
    1990 Art in Action – LONDON
    1990 Atika Art Gallery – ANKARA
    1991 KÜSAV Antique Fair Yıldız Palace ISTANBUL
    1991 Atika Art Gallery – ANKARA
    1992 Galerie Loanne – GENEVA
    1992 Art in Action – LONDON
    1992 Hobi Art Gallery – ISTANBUL
    1992 Istanbul Technical University – ISTANBUL
    1993 Artisan Art Gallery – ISTANBUL
    1993 Kadife Chalet Art Gallery – ISTANBUL
    1994 Artisan Art Gallery – ISTANBUL
    1994 KÜSAV Antique Fair – ISTANBUL
    1995 Turkish Embassy – TOKYO
    1995 Directorate General of Oriental Life – ISTANBUL
    1995 Kurita Museum – TOKYO
    1995 Atika Art Gallery – ANKARA
    1996 Orkun-Ozan Art Gallery – ANTALYA
    1996 Kashi Wazaki Art Museum – NIGATA
    1996 Palet Art Gallery – ISTANBUL
    1997 Agaless Art Gallery – NEW YORK
    1997 Atika Art Gallery – ANKARA
    1997 KÜSAV Antique Fair – ISTANBUL
    1997 Anemon Hotel Art Gallery – İZMİR
    1998 Oriental Life Art Directorate – ISTANBUL
    1998 Bologna Fair T.C. Representative BOLOGNA
    1999 Agaless Art Gallery – NEWYORK
    1999 MAK-Foyer Österreichischen Museum – VIENNA
    1999 Artisan Art Gallery – ISTANBUL
    2000 Museum of Turkish Islamic Art – İbrahim Paşa Palace İSTANBUL
    2000 İ.M.K. Stock Exchange Art Gallery – ISTANBUL
    2001 Beylerbeyi Palace – ISTANBUL
  • 2001 Anemon Hotel (Galata) – ISTANBUL
    2001 Tunel Art Gallery – ISTANBUL
    2002 Artisan Art Gallery – ISTANBUL
    2003 Artisan Art Gallery – ISTANBUL
    2004 CODRAD Hotel Brussels – BELGIUM
    2005 Turkish Islamic Art Museum – ISTANBUL
    2006 Orkun-Ozan Art Gallery – ANTALYA
    2006 Hagia Sophia Museum Art Gallery – ISTANBUL
    2006 Turkish Museum of Islamic Arts İbrahim Paşa Palace İSTANBUL
    2007 Turkish Festival – SWITZERLAND
    2007 Antakya Biennial – ANTAKYA
    2008 Ankamall Shopping Center – ANKARA
    2008 Çırağan Palace Shopping Center – İSTANBUL
    2009 Capacity Shopping Center – ISTANBUL
    2010 Acıbadem Bursa Hospital Art Gallery – BURSA
    2010 Symposium Panel – KÜTAHYA
    2010 Süzer Plaza – İSTANBUL