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.
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.
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.