Beliz Iristay is a Turkish-American ceramic and mix-media artist, born in Izmir, Turkey, and lives as a “border artist” between Baja California, Mexico and San Diego, California with her family.
Iristay studied traditional Turkish ceramics at Izmir Dokuz Eylul University where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics. She moved to the United States in 2005 and recently built her ceramic studio in the Guadalupe Valley, Ensenada, Mexico. There she incorporates local clay into her practice while exploring traditional & contemporary ceramics.
In her work, Iristay often uses the traditions of her “home countries”, Turkey, Mexico, and the US, and combines them with contemporary techniques. She collects the subject materials for her work from the traditions, politics and gender issues of the countries she lives in.