Chito Kuroda makes hand thrown porcelain bottles and tableware. She is based in London and will be showoing her work at MADE LONDON in October.
Where did you train? What did training teach you and what do you wish it had taught you?
Is being a designer / maker your only job, or do you have other employment?I work in the finance office at Royal Academy of Arts.
One favourite living designer?
Vivienne Westwood. I adore her punk fashion
One favourite historical designer?Les Paul. Beautiful shape and heavy sound
What is the most interesting / fun job you have had?Showing my work on ITV's This Morning TV programme. I was selected for one of the last three London contestants of "Britain's Craftiest" competition.
What is your most prized item of design / craft?
Andy Warhol's "Banana" cover for The Velvet Underground & Nico's debut LP
What item of design / craft do you covet most?Statue of Liberty
At age 16 who most influenced your style?Japanese rock musician "Kiyosiro"
Last book / film that blew your mind?I'm reading "The Little Prince" again
What music are you currently listening to?The Rolling Stones to celebrate 50 years of their carrier.
How many hours do you waste on the internet each day?Not much
If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?Yokohama Japan, My home town to live close to my family and friends or Berlin to have a huge warehouse studio!
Where and what is your studio?401 1/2 Studios in Wandsworth - with other exhibitors Kaori Tatebayashi, Garlinde Huth, Ann Nazaneth, Yoko Izawa and Emma Nacht
Do you have a good work/life balance?I wish I were a full time artist.
What one word would describe your feeling of doing your work?Free