Fight for your idea because no one else will.Noe Kuremoto
Interview with Noe Kuremoto, Ceramic artist, living in London, UK. Portrait by photographer Marcelo Deguchi.
How were you introduced to ceramics?
I started to work with clay as a child. Not seriously at all. Just for fun. My father is an artist and he taught Fine Art at university in Japan so my brothers and I met a lot of his colleagues (artists, ceramicists, poets etc) while he took us to his studio and the university. We absolutely loved hanging out at his studio and meeting interesting grown-ups so it was shocked for us to discover that so many grown-ups in the world are unhappy at their work and they live for the weekend! I am forever grateful for this early exposure of the world of passion to my father.
Anyhow, I started studying Fine Art at Central Saint Martins in late 90s in London and I consciously stayed away from ceramics, as at the time, ceramics seemed a poor cousin of Fine Art to my teenager eyes. Especially ceramic was somehow belonged to ‘craft’ and not ‘fine art’. I can talk about this subject for all night but that’s another interview session! Haha. My main art practice was performance and video art.
And about 7 years ago, my clay bug was re-awakened as I craved for simplicity of clay, water, fire and hand. The world was going digital mad, social network mad and my mind was also going mad so I needed to feel more grounded somehow. So that’s how I went back to clay.
Why do you love ceramics?
Simplicity. The method of ceramics has not changed for centuries. Clay keeps me grounded in this busy urban city of London as clay only works around ‘clay time’ and I love that about clay. You just have to learn to stop rushing things and when the time is right, it will all happen.
How does ikebana or flowers in general influence your work?
Ikebana expresses where the word fails to explain. And this is the same for any art form. Since I was a child I was extremely a pictorial oriented thinker. Definitely not a verbal thinker. And this idea continuously influences my ceramics and flower vessels.
I see my vase is just like an earth. And floral artists are gardeners. It’s my job to keep their earth nutritious and let their fruits grow. I feel ever so lucky that I am able to witness a completely new life of my vase once it leaves my studio. So many of my clients are fabulously talented ‘gardeners’, it blows my mind every time when they share their arrangement with me! So thank you for keeping my dreams alive.
Are there any artists who you look up to or inspire you most?
Awww there are so many… Gordon Matta-Clark, Sophie Calle, Duchamp, Henri Matisse…the list goes on
What is the best advice you have received through your studies?
Fight for your idea because no one else will.
How would you describe your style of ceramics?
Sculptural with a touch of Japanese ancient ceramic spirit
Do you have a favourite flower, or season?
I love every flower and season. It’s the circle of life which inspires me. Flower is not just about bloom. Never underestimate the power of a flower at the end of its life.
Have you studied flower arrangement or ikebana?
No but my mum, my grand mother, my great grand mother (probably all my female family side) did. I was always too busy looking at their vessels.
What is ahead in your ceramics future?
I would love to make a large scale installation so I am saving for a large kiln now!
Can people buy your vases? If so, how?
Just email me or shops + galleries.
+44 79 888 012 74