Do you feel any pressure to succeed or get your name out there?
I am not an ambitious person by nature. Success to me is not related to being superior or better than other people. I don't compete with others, success is a personal matter to me.
Success also has a lot to do with being able to support myself and my craft. I want so much out of life; to see places and purchase the things I really want. I could live with a couch from IKEA but I want to admire what I own. I get excited by beauty; you can also see it in the decoration of my atelier. I love it when a ceramic end up beautifully.
My anxiety fuels my want for success as well. Thoughts like "What am I doing with my life" or "I need to be successful" are because of my anxiety. Some days it also holds me back from doing things. I am working on that, like so many other people.
What advice would you give to yourself?
"Calm yourself, it will all be just fine. You have worked so hard to be where you are right now and you are in a really good position."
My feet brings me to my atelier every morning, mostly in a hurry. Sometimes you can't realize what you got due to always looking ahead. I expect a lot from myself and I work hard for that reason. If you can step back and look at what you have accomplished, you can step away from the chaos and continue calmer.
Are you too busy with work to realize anything else?
Too busy with work and with myself. But I don't want to sound like a struggling artist; everything is pretty fine with me right now.
What's next for Severj?
I am aware that my craft is so specific. My audience and target market are narrow, at least in Istanbul. Because of this reason, I'd like Severj to expand abroad.
I'd like to use mixed materials and produce side products, such as mixing ceramic with different metals or glass-blowing. Furniture design has always been one of the top things I'd like to try.
Right now I am super focused with mastering what I am practicing. I am so excited for what life has to offer for me.