Kento Saisho

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Meet the Artist

  • About This Artist

    Kento Saisho is an artist and metalworker currently based in Los Angeles, CA. He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2016, where he was a Windgate Fellowship recipient from the Center for Craft, and a Core Fellow at the Penland School of Craft from 2018-2020. Through an intuitive process between patchwork and collage, Kento makes sculptural objects, vessels, and contemporary artifacts in forged and fabricated steel.

  • Q&A With This Artist

    A: These pieces are made primarily with sheet metal that I form using a hammer, anvil, and various dies, and subsequently weld together. I have been creating this work using an almost patchwork style, with pieces of steel layered and overlapping. The pieces are then sanded or ground down with an angle grinder to varying degrees, and finished with patina or paint. Often, the painted pieces are then hit again with a sander and applied with a black patina to bring out the highlights.

    A: When I first started working in metal, I was immediately drawn to the malleability of metal. It has a remarkable versatility in how it can be shaped, textured, or altered. Steel can be stretched, layered, and molded almost like it is clay.

    A: People often are surprised that the pieces that I make are even made of steel- they often think that it is made of clay, paper, or is cast.

    A: One of my favorite museums in the world is the Noguchi Museum in Queens, NY. Noguchi’s work is an unending source of inspiration for form, texture, and spirit.

    A: One of my favorite aspects of the craft world is how small and interconnected the craft community is. While living at the Penland School of Craft for two year during my time as a core fellow, there would be so many returning people and familiar faces. It was such a joy to form a network with so many like-minded people, and to learn from others.

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