Did your career start in Japan?
Yes. When I was a student at high school my art teacher told me that I had no talent for drawing and painting, so I gave up art, and somehow, after a while, I ended up doing craft. My apprenticeship was with the Japanese master Asuka Tsuboi.
What techniques do you master?
Slip casting, particularly. Porcelain is fired at very high temperatures and slip casted forms can easily crack during the firing process. You still have to do all the elaborate spike attachments or decorations, without knowing if it will come out successfully.
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Why are you inspired by the microscopic?
I adore the organic shapes and patterns in an invisible world such as cells, genes and microorganisms, and I aim to translate them into my work, and bring extraordinary things into ordinary, everyday life. I like to make invisible things visible.
Some of your objects are called 'tactile tableware'. Why?
I did some research on visually impaired people, and since then how I feel when my hands come into contact with materials has become part of my creative process. I use lots of spikes and other decorative elements which I craft individually by hand.