Yukiko Kuroda is a Japanese artist well known for Kintsugi master who dedicated to repairing broken and/or thrown away pottery. Her methods take traditional Japanese lacquer and makie techniques to give a new perspective towards broken pieces even beyond just repairing. She is a pioneer in spreading the aesthetics of Kintsugi in Japan and as well as around the world.
After receiving an AA in graphic design from Musashino Art College in Tokyo, Kuroda worked as a graphic designer in the 90s. She began to doubt committing herself to mass-production and waste in the design industry. During this time, she got sick and became interested in how food affects humans' mind and body, which attracted her curiosity regarding traditional food, botanical research and climates. While exploring these fields, she encountered a Japanese lacquer, urushi which is made from tree sap. Around the same time, she broke one of her most precious antique tableware by mistake, however this accident gave her an inspiration to connect each fragment of thoughts and ideas such as sustainability, food culture and botany. In other words, this series of events triggered her to start practicing Kintsugi discipline which satisfies her desire to commit to both food culture and plant-based material. Kuroda is not just a repairer, but values the context of each pottery and client's deep attachment to the broken pieces and sublimates the minto new one-ofa-kindart works. She has many clients in Japan and overseas.
At the EliotNotes House : Group exhibition, Blum & Poe, Mendes Wood DM, and Object & Thing, NY, U.S.A.
5,471 miles : Group exhibition at Blum & Poe, Tokyo, Japan
A Kintsugi woman and an Ikebana woman : Group exhibition at Karin-so, Chiba, Japan
Repairing Vessels : Isetan Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Mending : Solo exhibition at guillemets layout studio, Tokyo, Japan
A new scenery : Solo exhibition at Gallery Bouun, Fukuoka, Japan
Vessels and Repairing : Group exhibition at Gallery M2, Kochi, Japan
From New products and Repaired products : Solo exhibition at Gallery kohoro, Tokyo, Japan