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A ball of clay ready to be worked on, next to a stack of finished bowls and the maker standing in the background out of focus.
The maker Sassirika with some of her work on the table.
Sassirika sitting at the potter's wheel.

Photos by Onur Pinar.


Of Hong Kong Chinese descent, Sassirika was born and grew up in England and is imbued with the culture of both east and west. This, and her Buddhist beliefs, have influenced her outlook on life and her creative expression. After a career as a professional dancer and dance teacher, she is now a ceramicist. She brings this all together in her art which is inspired by her fascination with consciousness in various forms: of the physicality of the body, of how we grapple with life, and of the experience of not being quite this or that.


Sassirika makes work in porcelain and stoneware. She loves how porcelain can capture a sense of refinement, harmony, and purity. Stoneware channels her need and love of earthiness and honesty, through more spontaneous creation. Pieces are wheel-thrown or hand-built depending on what is being expressed. Sassirika makes her own glazes and any decoration is often intuitive and simple, like a splash. She focuses on bringing these yin (inward) and yang (outward) qualities to domestic items, things to be used every day in a way that makes the user more aware through ritual and beauty.



June 2015. Diploma HE in Applied Arts (Ceramics). City Lit, London.


June 2012. City & Guilds certificate 7111. Structured Ceramics Course, City Lit, London.


June 1990. Post graduate Diploma in Advanced Performance. Laban Centre, London.


June 1989. BA(Hons) Dance Theatre. Laban Centre, London.

Ceramic Exhibitions


Colour and Form exhibition at Gallery Top. Chatsworth Road, Rowsley, Derbyshire DE4 2EH.

7 October – 5 November 2017


Selected work at Klay  pop-up ceramic gallery and shop at 18, Malden Road, London NW3 5HN. March 2016 January 2017.


City Lit Ceramics Diploma Graduate Show 2015. Candid Arts Gallery, London.


New Designers 2015. Business Design Centre, London.


Soul Manufacturing Corporation  by Theaster Gates as part of The Spirit of Utopia, Whitechapel Gallery, London. 4 July – 5 September 2013.




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