Hello and thanks for stopping by! My name is Suky Rai and I am the designer and maker of Lu Kee Su Ceramics. Every piece you see here has been slowly and carefully hand crafted by me from my garden studio which sits in a tiny village in the gorgeous Leicestershire countryside.
In late 2015, after 12 years of working as a graphic designer, I started taking pottery lessons at a local studio. What can only be described as an obsession began. Six months of weekly lessons went by and the obsession continued to grow and so, I invested in a kiln and decided to fully utilise my home studio to teach myself from.
Fast forward to July 2017, after just over a year of working on my own, experimenting with and developing a style of my own, and Lu Kee Su Ceramics was opened.
THE MAKING PROCESS
I predominantly use the traditional hand building techniques of coiling and pinching as for me, they take an already hands on craft to a completely different level. Every impression I make can be so much more considered and allows for a richer and more fulfilling experience when it comes to experimentation with shaping, mark making, texture and pattern.
I am heavily influenced by what I see in my surroundings, from my travels and by the vastness and variety of nature. Everything and anything from tree bark, leaf veins, volcanic rock, Icelandic seas, roof tiles to crumbling ruins can plant a seed of an idea that is explored and transformed into a finished ceramic piece.
To date, none of my ceramics have started out life as a design on paper. I make as I see from my mind’s eye. Working in this fluid and organic way means I can create hand-built pieces that are truly unique and individual with each piece having their own irregularities, marks and little quirks that give them character and that have at every single stage, been completely fulfilling to create.
I also wanted to make available a certain level of exclusivity to my work. To do this, I took the decision to only make designs in either small batches or as complete one-of-a-kind originals. Making in this way allows me to keep challenging myself, learning all the while and to keep things moving creatively.
Stylistically and experimentally, my ceramics will no doubt evolve and I'd love to eventually turn my hand to a more conceptual process involving sculptural pieces, but that's further down the line. For now, I'm really enjoying designing and creating functional ceramics my way.