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Suriani Suratman

b. Singapore

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Suriani Suratman first started taking pottery classes in 2001 at the Centre for the Arts, National University of Singapore (NUS) under the tutorship of Iskandar Jalil. It was the beginning of a lot of fun, excitement, challenge and above all, the evolvement of a new passion. She now has a studio space at Jalan Bahar Clay Studios (JBCS). She also teaches pottery and has been offering classes both in handbuilding and throwing on the wheel since 2005.

Suriani enjoys transforming a lump of clay into various forms whether on the wheel or by handbuilding. She likes working with different types of raku clay. The coarseness of the clay gives texture to the organic forms she creates. To add even more texture to the clay surfaces slips made from local clay are either smeared or splattered. She uses mainly recipe glazes from ash that come from the firing of Guan Huat dragon kiln at JBCS, birch trees in Germany and euclayptus tress in Australia. The ash glazes give the speckled effects to her works. The pieces are fired to a high temperature of 1290ºC. For Suriani, it is important to always follow her intuition and be spontaneous when doing her work.

She has done commissioned works for Temasek Holdings (2003), The Sentosa Resort and Spa (2006), National Heritage Board, Patron of the Year Award (2007),  Singapore International Foundation (2009) and the Ministry of Law (2012). Her works are sold at ART2 Gallery at the Old Hill Street Police Station Building and JBCS Gallery at Jalan Bahar Clay Studios.

When she is not at the pottery studio, Suriani lectures at the Department of Malay Studies, National University of Singapore in the areas on Malay ethnic identity and gender in Malay societies.


Solo Exhibition

2013  Alam – a pottery exhibition by Suriani Suratman, ART2 Gallery, Singapore

Group Exhibitions

2013    Iskandar Jalil Ceramics Exhibition – A lifelong Passion for his craft and his teaching, Japan
           Creative Centre
           Bank Art Fair, with Maya Gallery, Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong
           éncore! (Maya Gallery’s 1st Anniversary), Maya Gallery, Singapore
           Firing a passion: History and Pottery Practices in Singapore, NTU Museum
2008    Inspirations from Kampung Gelam, Malay Heritage Centre
2007    Pots, Pipes and other Pieces, in conjunction with the Singapore Art Show, National Library
2006    Starting with Clay …, ART2 Gallery
           3rd Ngee Ann 3D Art Exhibition, Ngee Ann Cultural Centre
           Opening of Jalan Bahar Clay Studios Exhibition
2005    Ceramivitiy – The Third Statement, NUS, Centre for the Arts
           2nd Ngee Ann 3D Art Exhibition, Ngee Ann Cultural Centre
2003    Discovery Phase, ART2 Gallery
2002    Ceramitivity – The Second Statement, NUS, Centre for the Arts

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