Yuko Kikuchi 菊池優子
Porcelain Painting Artist, Japanese.
Resident in Stuttgart, Germany.
2013 Art Space Pamina Aoyama, Tokyo, Japan
2018 Gallery 21 rue Debelleyme, Paris, France
2019 The English Tearoom, Stuttgart, Germany
2022 Paris, France Maison&Objet
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I spent my childhood moving around in Tokyo, New York and Los Angeles. Those times gave me to enjoy the cultural difference and also to respect people from different background. At the same time those experiences gave me to reflect myself as a Japanese born in a traditional beautiful culture. Country where people appreciate fine delicate sense of beauty.
After graduating an university, I started working as an accountant and controller in a global engineering and electronic company. While having the valuable and fruitful experience in these careers I also started to search for something I can originally create and dedicate myself as a life work, and bring joy to other people. I recalled from my childhood, and realized that I had great liking to detailed handcrafts, decoration and arts which are delicate and senstive. It was like I was on a journey, seeking the right way to express myself. I started to look into botanical art, learn jewelry design, and other decoration crafts anything that interests me.
After those certain period of time, I finally met the porcelain painting art in 2008. Since then, my activity as being a painter has started. As soon as I started learning porcelain painting, I was eager to learn the beautiful handcraft professionally. The passion even driven me to challenge the most intensive professional course given from one of the most famous porcelain artist and teacher, late Mr.Uwe Geissler, who used to be a Meissen painter. Eventually I became the first and last student which he had given the personnel lesson teaching the very basic skills and choosing materials through to the final details of how to develop the styles.
At the same time I have learned the gold painting skill from Ms.Margret Pitzler, who used to be a painter in Furstenburg.
Late Mr.Uwe Geissler. In his Studio near Cologne, year 2008
Ms.Margret Pitzler. Near Cologne, year 2008
After coming back from Germany, I have started my original art work. With the back ground as being Japanese and learning European traditional art and culture, my concept on art pieces are to harmonize the both culture. My origin comes from the Japanese culture that people appreciate the nature and sensitive beauty in heart of people, yet the designs are also based on the delicate European sense of art.