Kogoro Kurata is an artist. But he's not your typical artist. He's an ironsmith, and he doesn't build bed frames or chandeliers. Kogoro Kurata builds enormous robots. In a shed.
The son of an ironsmith, Kurata grew up making things, whether that was folding paper or putting together Gundam models. Kurata followed in his father's footsteps and began making things with iron, such as a bass guitar and other music instruments. The big mechas Japan loves, they came later.