Didem Mert was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH. She received her BFA in Ceramics from Northern Kentucky University in 2014. Mert has exhibited nationally in places such as Baltimore Clayworks, The Clay Studio of Philadelphia, Terra Incognito, AKAR, The Morean Center for Clay, LUX Center for the Arts, Summerfair’s Emerging Artists Juried Exhibition, The Erie Art Museum, and at over forty other venues. Her work was published in Ceramics Monthly’s 2014 Undergraduate Showcase. She was awarded a first prize grant through the Three Arts Foundation in 2014. Didem worked at Queen City Clay, one of the largest public ceramic studios in the country, in Cincinnati, OH for six years. She received a scholarship to attend a residency at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts and a scholarship to attend a workshop with Jerilyn Virdin at Penland School of Crafts during the summer of 2015. She was featured on the cover of Pottery Making Illustrated’s January/February 2016 issue. Mert was included on C File’s list of 15 Potters to Watch in 2016. Didem is currently attending Edinboro University’s MFA (ceramics) program and is expected to graduate in 2017.