Chikako Kuwata

I use clay for porcelain to bring out the whiteness but try to avoid the impression of coldness by using mat glazing with a soft impression.

Creative Process and Materials

My production process is all done by hand. I mainly use a potter’s wheel. I throw a piece on a potter’s wheel and curve the surface one by one to decorate. I use clay for porcelain to bring out the whiteness but try to avoid the impression of coldness by using mat glazing with a soft impression which I created by experimentation.
I create products valuing usage at daily life.

Background and Education

The Pottery class I took at university. I liked the fact that I could create pieces with my hands and the joy of designing, forming and firing. At first, I could not use a potter’s wheel well but gradually became to be able to manage it. I found a great joy in this as well. I think it suits me.
When I was a child, I liked to draw. Preparing for the university entrance exam, I decided to go on to an art college and entered the Department of Design at Nagoya University of Art. During the first and second year at the university, students learn the basics, and from the third year, they have to choose their own courses. I chose ceramics.
At university, I wanted to try various things, so I went to the UK as an exchange student for three months. After my stay in the UK, I traveled around Europe and visited the sights and museums, which became a great experience for me.
After graduation from the university, I taught a pottery class for a year. However I realized my lack of knowledge in pottery so entered Aichi Prefectural School of Ceramics and started all over again from the basics for two years.

Work Space

I’m leasing a room in a rental studio in Seto, Aichi, with my husband who is also a potter. We have three electric kilns and one gas-fired kiln. Besides us, six to seven potters and a stained glass artist work there. Now the space is getting too cramped. We are looking for a studio for our own.

My Favorite

In my student days I was interested in modern art, but now I like old things such as ancient glassware and earthenware. My favorite museums are the National Museum of Ethnology, the Main Exhibition Building at the Little World Museum of Man, Tate Modern, the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, etc.