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Fatma Ciftci

Artist · Scholar


In 2007, she received her degree in glass from Marmara University's Faculty of Fine Arts. She completed a double major program at the same university and graduated from the Graphics Department in 2009. She completed her MFA at the Glass Department of Anadolu University Fine Arts Institute. The extended edition of her master's thesis, which was funded by Anadolu University Scientific Research Projects, was released as an e-book in 2020.


She was awarded a merit scholarship by Urban Glass New York in 2016. She won the Merit Award in the TR Ministry of Culture's Fourth Contemporary Art Project Competition in 2017. She was awarded the Takako Sana Scholarship, GAS, in 2018. She received the James Whitney Scholarship from the American Glass Guild and the Corning Museum of Glass Studio Scholarship in 2022. She obtained hands-on instruction in sustainable glass molds, neon and plasma, kiln-formed glass, stained glass (painting), glass restoration, and conservation techniques during her scholarships. She has taken training courses at the Glass Furnace Foundation taught by seven distinctive foreign artists as a student and teaching assistant since 2004. Those practical training are Glass Fusion, Glass Molds, Frit de Verre, Neon&Plasma, Glass Blowing, Flame-working (boro&effetre) and Sand-Casting Techniques.


She performed her solo exhibition in 2017 at the Contemporary Glass Arts Museum. She took part in various international group exhibitions and contemporary art galleries with her glass works. Her work has appeared in both national and international collections. She worked as a designer, trainer, translator, and studio manager. She worked as a research associate at B.S.E. University, Anadolu University, and Dokuz Eylul University.


The artist, who was born in 1984, is a Proficiency in Art student at Dokuz Eylül University's Fine Arts Institute. Both of her theses have been granted / were granted  under the sponsorship of Scientific Research Projects Unit. She is currently pursuing her academic career at Bilecik eyh Edebali University's Department of Ceramics and Glass Design.


Academic Education

October 2017 - currently

2015 - June 2017

October 2003 - June 2007

2005 - June 2007

Proficency in Art  Dokuz Eylül University

Faculty of Fine Arts, Institute of Ceramics and Glass, Izmir Turkey

MFA Anadolu University

Fine Arts Institute Glass Major, Eskisehir Turkey

Graduate Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts

Department of Ceramics and Glass, Glass Art Major, Istanbul Turkey

Graduate Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts

Department of Graphics (Double Major) Istanbul Turkey

Academic Positions

October 2023 - currently

November 2017 - October 2023

October 2016 - October 2017

February 2015 - September 2016

Research Associate Bilecik Şeyh Edebali University, Faculty of Fine Arts and Design, Ceramics and Glass,  Bilecik / Turkiye

Research Associate Dokuz Eylul University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Ceramics and Glass,  Izmir / Turkiye

Research Associate  Bilecik Şeyh Edebali University, Faculty of Art and Design, Department of Ceramics and Glass, Bilecik / Turkiye

Research Associate Anadolu University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Glass, Eskisehir / Turkiye

Awards and Scholarships

2022 Education Scholarship

2022 James C. Whitney Scholarship

2018 Takako Sano Scholarship

2017 Merit Award

2016 Merit Scholarship

CMOG Corning Museum of Glass STUDIO New York, USA

American Glass Guild, New York USA

Young Art: 3th Contemporary Art Project, Turkish Republic Ministry of Culture

Glass Art Society Seattle, USA

Urban Glass New York, USA

Trainee and Teaching Assistantship

2022 CMOG, New York USA

July 2022 CMOG, New York USA

2022 Corning, New York USA

2022 AGG, Corning New York USA

September 2019 The Glass Furnace Foundation

2018 Tommasi Glass Murano Venezia, ITALIA

2017 The Glass Furnace Foundation Istanbul TR

July 2016 Urban Glass New York USA

September 2014 Cam Ocağı Vakfı Istanbul TR

February 2014 Cam Ocağı Vakfı Istanbul TR

Breaking the (Commercial) Mold: Designing Custom Slump Molds with Mark Ditzler

Glass Repairs for Conservation and Restoration with Amy Valuck

Condition Assessments for Conservation with Roberta Rosa

Trace & Texture: Glass Painting with Propylene Glycol with Deborah Coombs

Frit de Verre with Anne Petters (T.A.)

Figure on Fire with Christy

Lampworking and Plasma with Tom Galbraith (T.A.)

Neon Class: Path of the Illuminati with Michael Hernandez

Lifecasting with Dean Allison (T.A.)

Sandcasting with Bertil Vallien


International MUSEUM 2017


National MUSEUM 2015

New Bulgarian University Museum, Sofia BULGARIA

Dila Kabakcı Art Factory, Istanbul Turkey

Museum of Contemporary Art Glass, Eskisehir Turkey


Article, 2023

ebook, 2020

Article, 2019

The Rise of Contemporary Turkish Art Glass, Glass Art Society GASnews

Color Light Texture in Contemporary Art Glass, ISBN: 978-625-7037-37-2

Color and Glass DOI: 10.20488/sanattasarim.600444

Exhibition (Selected)

Solo Exhibition 2017

International Exhibition

National Exhibition

Selfportrait Glass Exhibition, Contemporary Art Glass, Eskişehir

2023 VII. International Denizli Glass Biennale | Denizli TR

2019 Ege Art Days, Glass Exhibition | Izmir TR

2019 Bulgarian Glass Biennale | Sofia, BULGARIA

2019 VII. Odunpazarı Hot Glass Festival | Eskişehir TR

2018 47th Annual GAS Conference Student Exhibition | Venezia, ITALIA

2017 Bulgaristan Glass Biennale | Sofya, BULGARIA

2014 Edsvik Konsthall', Stockholm | SWEDEN

2014-2015 'The Glass Factory' Boda | SWEDEN

2011 Knidos Academy of Culture & Art | Datça TR

2019 Mahall Bomonti Art Gallery, Aegean Mediterranean Meeting | Izmir

2017 Turkmall Galeri, Young Horizons from Anatolia | İstanbul

2017 Young Art: Contemporary Art Project Competition Exhibition| Ankara

2016 Mixer Art Sessions I | Sıraselviler, Istanbul

2016 44A Gallery, Selfportrait Group Exhibition | Nişantaşı, Istanbul

2011 Istanbul Art Fair (Moda Art Gallery)

2010 Art Glass Exhibition Arda Art Gallery | Ankara

2010 Open Studio Weekend | Istanbul

2010 Çekirdek Art Gallery | Istanbul

Work Experience

Freelance Art Director 2004-2020

Studio Manager 2014-2015

Designer 2006-2014

Interpreter Kasım - Aralık 2013

Instructor (Glass Fusion) Nis-Ara 2012

Zeck Magazine of Life & Culture, Graphic Designer, Istanbul

Cameks Art & Design, Istanbul

Indoor Glass Designs, Istanbul

HITT Traffic Apeldoorn/ Netherlands, TERMA Aarhus/ Denmark

Istanbul Development Agency, Project of Women , Sile TR

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