Koji Kitaoka

After graduating from university in Tokyo, I moved to London and lived there for two years. There, I worked at a local restaurant while studying at a language school. Moving back to Tokyo and experiencing several types of jobs, I started to think that I wanted to make something that keeps will keep me ambitious and inquisitive. I also realized I was good at creative work. Then pottery, which was my father's profession, came to my mind and I thought I would give it a try.
From 2007, I studied at Arita College of Ceramics for two years. After graduation, I worked at a pottery studio in Toki, Gifu for a year.
In 2010, I moved back to Fukuoka, my hometown, to work at my father’s studio and got established. My studio is in an environment of small forests, about 10 kilometers from the center of Fukuoka city.
I try to create pieces with my own hands, which are simple and bear a tranquil presence. I hope that they are used often by as many people as possible.