Umut Demirgüç Thurman
Originally from Istanbul, Turkey, Umut builds upon her background in textile design in her jewelry and metalwork. Learning is a life-long process that evolves through continual exploration in the studio, both as an instructor as well as a maker. The unique experience of creating beautiful objects by hand is a continual inspiration. Since earning her MFA in Metalsmithing & Jewelry from the University of North Texas, Umut has been teaching a wide range of techniques utilizing enameling, metalworking, and fiber-based techniques, both in Turkey and USA, for more than ten years. Umut also shares her Denton studio with her husband and partner in UJ Design Studios, James Thurman.