Yuko Nishikawa Bio
New York based Yuko Nishikawa devotes herself full-time to ceramics after a decade of designing lighting and furniture. Originally from Japan, she received her B.F.A. in Interior Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, and then worked as an architectural surveyor, and as an interior designer for leading interior design studios such as Clodagh, Jeffrey Bilhuber and Alexandra Champalimaud. From 2007 to 2016 she worked as an industrial designer for the luxury home furnishing brand Donghia Inc, where she designed award winning furniture and lighting products.
Her ceramic work has been exhibited in New York City and Milan. She has collaborated and developed ceramic collections with Calvin Klein Home, The James New York, and Anthropology. She works in her Brooklyn studio, Forest, where she organizes monthly artist talks.
I grew up in Chigasaki, Japan, a relaxed fishing and surfing beach town 30 miles south of Tokyo. Using my own hands to make things was always a part of my life growing up. My mother cooked, sewed and crocheted. During my last trip to Japan I found out she was also a flower arrangement instructor. My father is a civil engineer who worked for the Japan Railway. As a child I made my own dresses and book shelves for my room. I even made wooden rails for a sliding door to my nook by hand. I also played piano and violin. It was a natural concept within my family that if you need something you would make it with your own hands.
Two weeks after graduating from a high school I moved to the U.S. and studied Interior Design at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. I worked as an interior designer and a architectural surveyor for a few years before I changed my focus to furniture design in 2007. I spent my spare time trying different disciplines like cabinet making, painting, metal work and glass blowing for fun. The next was clay. About four years ago I decided to rent a space in a collective ceramic studio in Brooklyn and this is when I became obsessed with the material. For the first two years while working full time I spent most of my own time in this studio.
In 2016 in need of a bigger space I opened my own studio, hand-built with some help from my friends, in an industrial area in East Williamsburg in Brooklyn. I named the studio Forest and this is where I work today.
Currently I am taking a sabbatical year from my furniture design job to dedicate all of my time to make things on my own. In the 365 Days To Make Anything project I keep a log of this adventure that I hope you will follow along.
At Forest I have began to host a Salon Night, where several people from various fields get together and present their passion project to the group once a month. I was interviewed for a magazine article at the end of last year - I had trouble articulating my thoughts and found it interesting how conversations can bring new ideas and perspectives. Salon Night At Forest was born from this experience and it has been a wonderful social gathering.
I host public showing and shopping events at Forest a few times a year. Items are also sold through my online shop in this website. Selected items are available at these locations:
NEW YORK / NEW JERSEY
195 Broadway, New York, NY 10007
Calvin Klein Collection Flagship Store
654 Madison Ave, at 60th St
New York, NY 10065
W Hoboken Hotel "Curated Collections"
225 River St Hoboken, NJ 07030
Donghia New York
D&D Building, 7th Floor
979 3rd Ave, Suite 700, New York, NY
263 South 1st Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Steven Alan Home
373 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
1855 Griffin Road, Space C250, Dania, FL
Kettle & Brine
908-C West 12th Street
811 E. Burnside St