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Chinoko Sakamoto is a second year BA Sculpture student at Camberwell College of Arts
I came to London from Japan three years ago to study art. I did my Art and Design Foundation at Kingston University. During my Foundation, I visited a lot of Fine Art courses. I chose Camberwell because it has specialist Drawing, Painting, Photography and Sculpture courses rather than a single Fine Art course. One of the benefits of this is the class sizes aren’t too big.
My practice focuses on ceramic works. Camberwell has amazing facilities and these days I spend most of my time at college in the ceramic workshops.
I am currently making ceramic pots and thinking about how my hand crafted objects can connect to the ideas that I am interested in within art history, such as the readymade.
It was an absolutely unforgettable event. This was the first time I had exhibited my work in a gallery environment. For the exhibition I created two wooden plinths that had readymade objects displayed on top of them.
Thanks to this exhibition, I now have a deeper understanding of materials such as wood, glass and acrylic. I also have more knowledge of printing large photographs.
It was a great getting out of the sculpture studio and being surrounded by other fine art students from different departments. I really like working with sculptors, but cross-course events like these give me something fresh.
To be honest, the installation of my work was not a fun time for me. Thinking about all technical issues such as, how to transport my work safely, how my objects looked in the gallery space and the relationship with other works was difficult and stressful, but now I am sure these experiences will help me in the future.
Finishing off the project I had been working on since the autumn was quite emotional!