Chinti Meets: Ikuko Iwamoto, Ceramicist

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Being loyal art fans here at Chinti, we worked in some exclusively commissioned pieces into our nautical-themed Spring/Summer '16 still life shoot from Japanese, London-based ceramicist Ikuko Iwamoto. We also caught up with Ikuko to find out about her work, inspirations, creative work life (and of course, favourite piece from our latest collection!)

Based in the creative hub of Clerkenwell, East London, Ikuko creates avant-garde ceramic works and pretty porcelain vases that are detailed with spikes and bumps, and rendered in shapes with curvy contours. Below, Ikuko created white and contrast-colour sea urchins to star in our SS16 shoot.

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After moving to London in 2001, Ikuko studied at Camberwell College of Arts before getting her MA in Ceramic and Glass at the Royal College of Art. Inspired by “the microscopic world”, her collections, as seen below, are often cellular, with names such as ‘Ribosome’ and ‘Nucleolus’.

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Here's what Ikuko had to tell us:

When I was little I thought I would be…
A singer.

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My studio is…
A small studio in Clerkenwell near St John’s Gate (above).

My home is…
Clapton, near Hackney Downs Park.

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My inspiration comes from:
The world under a microscope.

My favourite piece from Chinti and Parker’s SS16 collection is…
The Anchor Sweater in Oatmeal and Coral.

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My wardrobe is filled with…
Marimekko, Uniqlo or American Apparel.

My favourite outfit is…
A Marimekko dress.

I like to collect…
Finnish brand Marimekko’s tableware.

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My perfect day…
Going out with my husband or friend without the kids.

My handbag essentials are…
My iPhone, iPad mini, tissue paper, hand cream, lip balm, water and candies for sore throat.

I am always…
Baking, and am usually looking after my kids who are 2 and 5 years old. Also, catching up on Instagram.

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We've been guilty of over-indulging in Instagram scrolling ourselves! Between finding time to create art and bake, we can't help envy Ikuko's creative life.

See her website here, and shop her favourite sweater here.