About

In my ceramic work, I mainly use the paper-resist technique. I create distinct patterns for each piece by hand-cutting paper. Then, I lay out the paper patterns to be unique and dynamic using the ceramic body of the piece as a canvas. After applying the original slip or glaze-slip (which I make) on it, I peel off the patterns. The work is carefully cleaned repeatedly before being fired in a kiln.

The form of my pottery is as significant as the pattern. Beautiful, organic and functional : these are the elements that I always keep in mind. In addition, I am always seeking an infinite variety of combinations of clay and slip that will make the pattern look as beautiful as possible. I am also attempting to make two-dimensional patterns look three-dimensional through the placement of the design on the organic surface. The techniques of asymmetry and dynamic composition in my work may have been influenced by my experience of studying Japanese Middle Age art on folding screens, ink paintings, sliding screen paintings, and illustrated scrolls in my early days as an art history student.

I was born in Tokyo and raised in Yokohama, Japan. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and my Master of Design degree in Industrial Design and worked as an industrial designer in Japan. I met the world of clay and started with hand-building pottery at a studio while working as an industrial designer in Tokyo. I moved to the United States in 2005, and started to learn wheel throwing in 2006. Since then, I have been enjoying exploring and challenging my creativity in my studio in Orange County, CA. 

My work is not only for special occasions but also for daily use. My hope is always that each piece will become one of the joyful elements in someone’s life.

 

 

Awards
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2022
Third Place Ceramics (Spring Show) / Beverly Hills Art Show, Beverly Hills, CA
2020
Honorable Mention (Fall Show)/ Beverly Hills Art Show, Beverly Hills, CA
2019
Honorable Mention (Fall Show)/ Beverly Hills Art Show, Beverly Hills, CA
Second Place Ceramics (Spring Show) / Beverly Hills Art Show, Beverly Hills, CA
Best in Ceramics / Tempe Festival of the Arts Spring show, AZ
2018
Best in Ceramics / Tempe Festival of the Arts Fall show, AZ
Ceramic Category Award / Scottsdale Arts Festival, AZ
2017
Third Place Ceramics (Fall Show) / Beverly Hills Art Show, Beverly Hills, CA
2013
Honorable Mention (Fall Show) / Beverly Hills Art Show, Beverly Hills, CA
First Place / La Jolla Art and Wine Festival, La Jolla, CA
Honorable Mention (Spring Show) / Beverly Hills Art Show, Beverly Hills, CA
First Place Utilitarian Pottery / Indian Wells Art Festival, Indian Wells, CA
2012
First Place Ceramics (Fall Show) / Beverly Hills Art Show, Beverly Hills, CA