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Susan Luker in the studio. (3) -

Artist's Statement


My professional career in ceramics began in 1998.

Along with my Raku ceramic work I have introduced a new body of work, stoneware decorative ceramics. Where my ceramic Raku work responded to technical artistic ability and firing processes, my new ceramic work responds more to my emotional feelings and decorative ability interpreting the environment I live in.


I spend a lot of time sketching and painting ideas for my new pieces. This approach helps me to develop beautiful considered objects of art. The flat forms act like a canvas to paint on, abstracting my paintings into feelings on how I see the landscape.


Vitreous slips, clay slips and engobes perform almost like paint on a canvas these liquid clays allow me to use as an emotional expression to my ceramic work, technical ability yes, but a freer creative process to use. I have also created a crawl glaze that explores the physical form of my ceramic vessels. I enjoy marrying the balance between clarity of form with the contrasting nature of a crawl glaze referencing the passing of time and erosion on the surface and calling it my lichen glaze.


Over a period of months I have tested and pushed the temperature of the glazes beyond what was comfortable, to the point where it was breaking away, almost jumping off the surface of the vessel. The viscosity of the glaze is very thick When applied in three coats on top of a barium or high frit glaze.

My work has exhibited around the country and abroad also in private collections in the UK and overseas.

Susan Luker Sea Urchin H9x23cm
 Susan Luker Sea Urchin H9x23cm
Susan Luker Deep Ocean H30x17cm £239.
 Susan Luker Deep Ocean H30x17cm £239.
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