Madoka Rindal – ceramics

Madoka makes handbuilt ceramics in stoneware.


year of birth: 1979

place of birth: Japan

current residence: France

started professionally in 2017

Where did it all begin?

When I started taking evening pottery classes back in 2013.

What is the worst advice you’ve heard?

Luckily, since I started ceramics I haven’t received any bad advice.

Most beautiful moment during the creative process?

I don’t know if it’s beautiful but I feel a big relief every time I open the kiln after a glaze firing and see that the ceramics came out perfectly. By perfect I mean that they didn’t break or have a major flaw.

What doesn’t inspire you?

Too much good taste.

What are you proud of?

To have decided to focus on ceramics when I was still working as a graphic designer. I wouldn’t really say I’m proud, but I’m happy I took that decision.

Who would you like to meet or who would you like to work with?

I would love to find a way to collaborate with creatives in other fields like writers, film makers and poets.

Favorite material?

I don’t have any. To me any material can be inspiring.

What would you have done, if not this?

I would have stayed a graphic designer maybe?

When was your biggest moment of doubt?

When I was about to decide whether or not I should be a fulltime ceramicist.

Who is your biggest supporter?

My family and my friends.

Favorite image?

06 Saul Leiter . Canopy . 1958

Nowadays we are exposed to such a huge amount of images, which makes it impossible to choose one favorite image. But I do like this photograph by Saul Leiter.

What is to you, the most beautiful sentence?

Same as the image, it would be impossible to choose one sentence, but I love the Peggy Lee song, ‘Is that all there is?’. The title is also the refrain and I think it is so cool.

What do you still want to do?

In ceramics, I want to deepen my research. I also want to take time to draw, paint, and do other art projects.

Where do you work?

At my atelier in Romainville, a Parisian suburb. I share the space with my photographer husband Ola Rindal and my performer-artist friend Yuni Hong Charpe. Both of their work is very inspiring to me.

Want to see more of Madoka’s work?



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