Makiko Ryujin — 'Shinki Vessel' Sculpture
Makiko Ryujin is a wood turner and photographer who is based in a new studio in Fawkner.
Born in Aizu Wakamatsu in the Fukushima prefecture of Japan, she grew up in Takasaki, in Gumma, before spending one year of high school in Jakarta, Indonesia, and finishing her high school studies in Melbourne, Australia. Following high school, Makiko completed a Bachelor of Photography degree at RMIT University, Melbourne.
In late 2014 Makiko started studying woodwork part time with the Victorian Woodworkers Association. By mid 2016 she had decided to pursue woodwork and was at Space Tank Studio in early 2017. She has found the move from the two-dimensional world of photography to the three dimensional world of woodwork challenging and inspiring. As a wood turner, she calls heavily upon her Japanese childhood. The sacredness and form of the bowls within her culture inform the proportions and design of the objects she turns upon her lathe.