Introduced to pottery at school and later studying at Camberwell College of Arts, Suleyman undertook an apprenticeship with a production potter, Kevin Millward, in Stoke-on-Trent. Learning the skills of repetition-throwing and working alongside professional potters gave an unparalleled core of experience that continues to inform his range of assorted tableware, bowls and vases. Hand-thrown in either a white or dark stoneware clay, using combinations of iron-saturated and feldspathic glazes, they are fired in oxidation to a temperature of 1280°C.
"Making functional pots are very important, but there are times when I prefer to explore more individual and experimental pieces. I hope that the influences upon my work are more subliminal than apparent; an acknowledgement of formal Asian ceramic traditions perhaps? More recent influences include the decorative traditions of Urushi (Japanese lacquer), with a sideways glance to European Modernism."
A professional member of the Crafts Potters Association of Great Britain, Suleyman's work appears in the following public collections: Ashmolean, Oxford; National Museum of Wales, Cardiff; York Art Gallery (Bill Ismay Collection).