In the studio with… Yuta Segawa
Where is your studio?
My studio is in Wimbledon, South London. I’ve been there for a year now. It’s a small space but I have my own kiln and a pottery wheel in my studio.
Describe your typical day
My days are very busy; I spend most of my time working on the wheel but I also mix ingredients for the glazes, fire the kiln, and pack the finished pieces for delivery.
I regularly come up with new glaze recipes and develop new projects. If there is an art fair coming up, I will also design and make the plinth in advance.
What are the key stages of your design and making process?
I sketch a design in my mind, while I am working on the wheel. I use references from Chinese pottery, which I admire a lot. Other times, I actually draw it out with pencil and paper.
What is the best thing about your job?
After a series of trials and errors, I like it when I open the kiln and find very good pieces inside. Some glaze combinations deliver unexpected results which can be a pleasant surprise at times.
Do you listen to music in your studio?
No, I don’t play music in the studio as I love listening to the sound of the wheel.