Biography: Sayaka Suzuki
Sayaka Suzuki, who is originally from Japan, received her master’s of fine art from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She is currently a full-time adjunct faculty member at VCU in the Department of Craft and Material Studies. She has also taught at The Studio, UrbanGlass, and the Pittsburgh Glass Center, and has been a teaching assistant at Centro Studio Vetro in Italy. Suzuki’s work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States.
Suzuki has held past Residencies at The Studio. She explored pâte de verre glass during her Residency, mastering the techniques of Kimiake and Shin-ichi Higuchi, two pâte de verre artists she spent time with over the course of three summers. Suzuki favors pâte de verre because of the soft pastel colors and matte finish. During her Residency, she focused on the way this type of glass can convey the intimacies of our lives, which she describes as “whispers that nobody hears, the moans that go unnoticed, and the peaceful solitude of nature that are overlooked.”
In the 2014 Instructor Collaborative Residency at The Studio with Boyd Sugiki and Lisa Zerkowitz, the artists will explore the “unchartered territory” of possibilities in combining warm and hot glass. Individually, their strengths lie in in glassblowing, kiln casting, and pâte de verre. Together, they will experiment while teaching and learning from one another to develop new processes in these techniques.