Makiko’s work is individually hand thrown or hand built, ranging from functional ware to one off pieces. She enjoys exploring the simple possibilities to transcend her own quirky narratives within the form, the surface and the presentation of the pieces, which often combined with the unique names.
“Mazekoze” is a series of tableware, mixing up different sizes, shapes and colours to create your own patterns on the table, hinting a sense of joy with everyday food that is strongly based on her cultural background. Following her philosophy of hand-made, Makiko uses a traditional method of glaze making utilising only natural materials without any commercial colorants. A number of tests and experiments developed this unique and chalky colours and textures that soften the user’s eyes and hands.
Born in Japan, has lived in England since 1997. Although Makiko first studied ceramics in 2000, she took a totally different career path up until 2009 when she returned to clay. She gained First Class Honours Degree in Applied Creative Design at Harrogate College in 2012.
Currently works from her home studio, as well as running the workshop at the local art centre for people with special needs.