Chisato Kuroki was born in Gifu prefecture, Japan, she studied at some art schools but never graduated. She visited Barcelona as a 21 year old, and was so inspired that she returned four years later in 1989, and began working with clay. She returned to Japan in 1997 and set up her own studio. She began making clay drums, running Gaia Drum workshops designed by Misato Fudo.
She returned to Barcelona in 2004 and began her own Japanese style class and raku workshops. In 2009 she moved to suburbs of Barcelona and began experimenting with firing. She developed a paper kiln technique and designed FIRE MANDALA which she has demonstrated at many festivals and allows for audience participation. She also has worked on land art projects Using natural formed clay blocks.
“The act of creating, forming the material, the shaping clay is for me a trip to my interior. In the dark, silent depths of my being, as in an ocean of water moving slow and steady, I let myself be carried away by currents that tell me about sadness and joy, suffering and happiness, life and death …
My works come from that place and so, as the clay is shaped, I find myself again and where I come from, my origin.
A source at once singular and collective self and others, that starting point that puts us in communion with all beings. My pieces, once finished, provoke in me a vague impression of proximity and distance, as if that way you just come out of my hands have a long history hidden inside. A story that is not mine, but of which I participate, to join with my work and water, earth, air and fire. A process that, as the wheel of life is constantly transformation.”
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