Born in Izmir in 1981, Ms. Kalay graduated as a second-best student of the Faculty and first best student of the department, with her first degree from Izmir Dokuz Eylül University Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Turkish Traditional Arts (Traditional Turkish Ceramics and Restoration of Ceramics), in 2006. Later, she received her MFA from the Department of Ceramic and Glass after completing her thesis titled “Printing Techniques that Can Be Used on Ceramic Surfaces” in 2009. She studied as a post graduate Erasmus student in the Vilnius Academy of Arts in Lithuania in 2008.
Ms. Kalay completed her PhD at Hacettepe University in the Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Ceramics in Ankara. She received her PhD after completing her thesis, titled “Minimalist Instillations in Ceramic Art” in 2013 March. She earned her Associate Professorship in 2019 December, from Turkish Council of Higher Education. She has taken part in various national and international exhibitions, biennales, workshops, and symposiums in different countries. She has six solo exhibitions and many publications internationally. Ms. Kalay’s works can be seen in some museums’ collections around the world.
During her PhD education, Ms. Kalay was also a lecturer at Ordu University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Ceramic and Glass, in Ordu, 2010-13. She worked as an Assistant Professor at Kyung Hee University, College of Art & Design, Department of Ceramics, in Korea between 2013-2020.