For Sayaka Suzuki, “the world is a beautiful place,” a treasure trove of possibilities and small curiosities awaiting discovery. Whether it is a bit of nature in an urban wasteland or a shed deer antler found in the woods, Suzuki commemorates and celebrates these forgotten histories and lives lived through reimagined forms and visual narratives.

Originally from Yokohama, Japan, Suzuki is an interdisciplinary artist based in Richmond, VA where she is an adjunct professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. Specializing in glass casting, sculpture and installation art, Suzuki began her studies in London, England before moving on to Tulane University and Virginia Commonwealth University where she received her MFA.

As an award winning artist, Suzuki has received a number of grants and fellowships including scholarships from the Penland School of Crafts and The Corning Museum of Glass where she has been an artist in resident, and a visiting artist/teacher. Suzuki’s works have been exhibited in galleries and institutions throughout the country, including solo exhibitions at the Pensacola Museum of Art and most recently, Virginia MOCA. She has also been featured in various publications including The Corning Museum’s New Glass Review and Art Papers.