Sayaka Suzuki, who is originally from Japan, received her B.F.A. in glass sculpture from Tulane University, and her M.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She is currently a full-time adjunct faculty member at VCU, teaching glass casting and foundation sculpture. She has taught at The Studio, UrbanGlass, and the Pittsburgh Glass Center, and has been a teaching assistant at Centro Studio Vetro in Italy.
Suzuki is a former artist in residence at The Studio. She explored pâte de verre glass during her residency as well as 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.” Suzuki, who has been awarded scholarships at Virginia Commonwealth University, Pilchuck School of Glass, and Penland School of Crafts, has had exhibitions featured throughout the United States.