Next up on our meet the makers series we have Yukiko of Locca Enamel Jewellery not only will Yukiko be selling her amazing Jewellery at Tramshed on the 4th December, she will also be sharing a Japanese Tea Ceremony with us, details to follow shortly!
Can you tell us a little about what you do?
Originally from Japan I design and make jewellery, mainly using traditional Japanese enamelling techniques.
How did you get started?
One of my aunts was an enamel artist so this might be the unconscious catalyst but it was when I first saw René Lalique’s fascinating enamel art that I decided to study the art form.
Where are you from?
I‘m from Tokyo though my husband is Welsh. We live in Cardiff with four Maine Coon cats. I love my life in Wales, the magical beautiful countryside and people are really open and friendly. Compared to Tokyo, Cardiff is much more relaxed – you can enjoy wonderful parks and lovely cafes as well as lots of interesting events.
What’s your favourite part of what you do?
Whether it is related to nature or traditions, I love creating work with stories. When I can share what I found wonderful or interesting with someone through a piece of my jewellery, and he or she enjoys wearing it, I feel really happy.
What’s your favourite item to make?
Koume ring / pendant. ‘Koume’, means ‘little plum blossom’ and has always been a much loved design in Japan. This is one of the very first rings I designed so it’s very special to me. Koume is regarded as being a lucky symbol and people respect these tiny blossoms as they are one of the first spring flowers to appear after the cold winter.
What inspires you?
Traditional Japanese motifs, historic artefacts, architecture as well as things I’ve discovered in nature and various cultures.
What was your proudest moment?
The first time my work was chosen to represent Japan at an International World Of Enamelling
If you won a million pounds what would you do?
I’d create a modern Japanese tea house and a Japanese garden.