Makoto Kagoshima

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Makoto Kagoshima (b. 1967) is based in Kyushu, the southern island of Japan. He first encountered clay in his grandfather’s workshop and later trained as an artist studying ceramics at college. He encountered numerous influences in contemporary European design through collaboration and employment before dedicating his life to clay at the age of 35. He has exhibited internationally including Los Angeles and the UK. Kagoshima has diversified his practice through collaboration with numerous designers including textiles, wallpaper, production potteries, fashion, and mural painting.

Kagoshima illustrates whimsical and heart-warming motifs on clay, making each ceramic object a unique piece of art. His designs are all made freehand, forms are drawn in pencil on the dried clay then blocks of colour are applied using a paintbrush. Fine lines are scratched out to give detail, using improvised tools such as a dentist’s pick and the broken rib of an umbrella.

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