After formal studies at the Camberwell College of Arts, I pursued an apprenticeship in Stoke-on-Trent to further my training as a potter during the early nineties. I established a London-based studio in 1997.
The cultural influences of Far Eastern ceramics have always informed my work. In recent years however, influences have become increasingly 'non-ceramic'; urushi (Japanese lacquerware) for its phenomenal levels of craftsmanship, and a long sideways glance towards European Modernism; both influences seemingly contradictory in their ways, but nonetheless urbane.
Professional Member, Craft Potters Association (2010)
Regular Pottery Courses by Suleyman Saba
29th January 2018 to 31st December 2018
A range of hand-thrown stoneware bowls, jars, katakuchi (spouted bowls), chargers, vases, and espresso-cups.
Work generally available from:
Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool
Bircham Gallery, in Holt, Norfolk
Beaux Arts, Bath
Craft Gallery at Blackwell, Cumbria.
Contemporary Ceramics Centre, London
Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin, Denbighshire
Contemporary Applied Arts, London
Joanna Bird Gallery, London
On Line Gallery, Southampton
Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
Combinations of celadon and iron-saturated glazes are applied to one of two stoneware clays and fired in oxidation to 1260 C in an electric kiln.
September 2003: Primavera Gallery, Cambridge
November 2002: Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
June 2001: On Line Gallery, Southampton
September 1999: Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney, Australia
December 1995: Goldmark Gallery, Uppingham
April 2012 BCTF, Harrogate
September 2011 Beaux Arts, Bath
January-February 2010 ‘Domestic Contemporaries’, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
October 2009, Origin 2009 at Somerset House
February 2009, Ceramic Art London 2009
May 2008: SOFA, New York
February: March 2008 Ceramic Art London 2008
January 2008: COLLECT, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
March 2007: Ceramic Art London 2007
February 2007: COLLECT, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
May 2005: 'Still Centre', Joanna Bird Gallery, London
May 2005: Ceramic Art London 2005
October 2004: Chelsea Crafts Fair
February 2003: CDSAE 2003, Sotheby's, London
February 2000: CDSAE 2000, Sotheby's, London
Feb/March 1999: 'Domestic Ware', Galerie Besson, London
October 1998 - 2000: Chelsea Crafts Fair, London
- Colour in Glazes, Linda Bloomfield, A&C Black 2011
- 'Still Centre' show, Joanna Bird Gallery; review by Shane Enright for Crafts Magazine,p.67, issue no. 196 Sept/Oct 2005.
- 'Suleyman Saba: Amanda Fielding finds function and sensitivity in Suleyman Saba's tablewares.' Ceramic Review, pp.22-25, Issue 198, Nov/Dec 2002
- Art Gallery of South Australia, (Bill Bowmore Collection) Adelaide, AUSTRALIA
- York Art Gallery, (Bill Ismay Collection) North Yorkshire, ENGLAND
- Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, ENGLAND
- National Museum of Wales in Cardiff (in public collection)