What does Taller Kúu mean?
Kúu combines the Japanese terms Ki (energy) and Kúuki (air); Kúu is an empty space, full of energy, where creativity has no limits. Anything can happen in the 'taller', which is the Spanish word for workshop. Taller Kúu is my two halves, where I come from and where I live and make my pieces.
Why do plastic bottles inspire you?
I used to live in the mountains where there were problems with waste. I developed the concept of 'usar y no tirar' (use, don't throw away) to make pieces which would be used more than once. My inspiration came from disposable items like bottles and coffee cups, turned into something that would last.
© Claudio del Campo
And you also find inspiration in animals...
This is my tribute to nature, animals and other elements of the natural world. My cups have handles shaped like animals, and I picture them as leaning on nature, relying on it. It's a further reflection on how we impact on the environment and why it means so much to me to make pieces that will last.
Is Japan's ancient ceramic tradition important to you?
In 1991 I left the corporate world to pursue a career as a ceramicist. Studying in Japan, with local masters, was seminal for me. Any time I go to Japan I research local tools, made of bamboo, which I feel are essential in the painstaking process of making porcelain pieces.