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.