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Suzanne Langstaff returned to education as a mature student, which sparked her creative journey. Whilst studying, she explored working with many different materials and processes. From the moment she began working with clay, she was captivated by the material and has recently completed a BA in Art and Design at Plymouth University.
The work of Suzanne Langstaff focuses on the connection between material and maker. She values traditional skills, influencing the techniques she uses to create her distinctive pottery. Her vessels are inspired by Japanese pottery techniques and their Raku firing process. By combining the four elements, Suzanne Langstaff creates decorative ceramic pieces that are truly unique.
She takes great care and consideration in every piece she creates, analysing the form and surface details to ensure that it is finished to a high standard, transforming the clay through 12 different stages.
What makes Raku intriguing is its interesting background – originally a Japanese firing technique from the 16th century, Raku involves firing the vessels at high temperatures in an outdoor kiln. Once they reach around 900 degrees, they are swiftly transferred into a reduction chamber filled with combustible materials. This process gives rise to a remarkable and unpredictable outcome.
Raku Tall Striped Side Vessel
This beautiful ceramic piece showcases a stunning combination of copper and turquoise glaze, giving it an enchanting and eye-catching appearance. No two Raku pieces can be replicated, making each one truly unique. Suzanne Langstaff’s vessel showcases not only the artistry involved in the glaze application but also the intricate carvings on the lower section left unglazed.
Raku Copper Glaze & Carved Bowl
This beautiful piece of art showcases a stunning combination of copper and turquoise glaze on the upper section, while the lower section features intricate carvings left unglazed. Suzanne Langstaff’s Raku Copper Glaze & Carved Bowl is a true work of art that beautifully combines traditional techniques with contemporary creativity.