Surya grew up in Tabanan. He was 5 years old when he started to take interest in the arts. His father and his grandfather are very well-known terracotta sculptors. Surya has been practicing with terracotta since before he can remember. In high school he focused on his painting, but in university he decided to explore again the realm of ceramics.
He has now mastered wheel throwing and has one of the smoothest throwing techniques we’ve ever seen.
Surya has been learning English and we’re very proud of him for his great progress.
He’ll be able to teach you in English but may be looking for some words from time to time.
Yugie graduated from Institut Teknologi Bandung, majoring in Ceramic Art. A curious multi-talented artist and entrepreneur, he has worked in several creative industry entities, as a graphic designer, art director and marketing manager.
In 2016, Yugie returned to ceramics as a freelance teacher in Jakarta. His work with children enabled him to reflect on clay’s capacity to enable creativity, well-being and interdisciplinary learning. For example, children simultaneously learned maths, (clay)science and social skills. He also noticed that when focusing on creating with clay, participants experience a state of flow, similar to meditation.
Currently, Yugie’s art practice integrates his artistic knowledge with his focus on clay’s educational potential, and capacity to enable mindfulness and well-being.