Freelancing as a product model maker and an exhibit sculptor, Sutopo Ngasiman’s pursuit in ceramics and being able to create and teach the art of ceramics to the public proves to be more fulfilling. Since 2001 he is an understudy of Singapore’s renowned potter Iskandar Jalil. Assisting him in several projects, Sutopo acquired the skills in pottery. He is the resident artist in Jalan Bahar Clay Studios since 2007. Sutopo conducts ceramics workshops and give tours of Guan Huat Dragon Kiln to individuals, corporate companies, community groups and schools.
Sutopo believes that there is an artist in everyone, a natural inert ability that can be nurtured given the right environment.
Using gas firing for my works to cone 9 or 10, I am no longer pursuing the idea of thin pots nor perfection and symmetry. Finding my own path, my search now is to have soul or character in work. I found it in small lidded vessels. It is easier to express myself in small vessels. Part of my feelings go to the creation of each pot as the form and design follows the mood of that day and with a lid to wrap things up.
Though a potter now, I am still a product designer at heart, always very interested in the technical aspects of pottery and love the idea of creating something. My works always have functionality in mind.