Traditional Japanese meals tend to consist of a variety of small dishes of food. Most homes have special pottery to serve the various types of food including chawan (rice bowls) and yunomi (tea cups without handles). During my childhood I enjoyed not only the variety of Japanese cuisine, but also the variety of colorful pottery with delightful designs used to serve the food. I enjoy sharing this experience by making cheerful pottery with Japanese inspired designs for use in everyday life.

 I am inspired by traditional patterns in Japanese crafts that have been carefully preserved within its culture for centuries. The designs are used in fabrics and clothes, pottery, wooden and metal crafts, and architecture. The unique qualities of the designs are achieved through the high skills of individual artisans who either hand wove, hand dyed and painted, hand embroidered, or hand carved their crafts. Reviewing those ancient artists’ designs and crafts, I cannot help but admire their craftsmanship and be enchanted by their elegance and style.

 In every culture, textile design portrays unique social and cultural characteristics. I am fascinated by finding points of similarity between Japanese social habits and the designs in Japanese crafts. Being a small island nation with areas are high population density has imposed a complex system of acceptable social interactions on Japanese people. People follow strict social manners in order to avoid interfering with others. I find that this kind of behavior and mindset relates to the well-defined and repetitive designs in Japanese crafts. They are often condensed and detail oriented. Because Japanese daily life tends to be stressful and city oriented, nature is a common theme in crafts as a way to remind people of the more peaceful natural environment. People value and celebrate nature and seasonal changes. There are numerous seasonal events and festivals throughout the year that Japanese communities follow.  These events often involve special clothing and crafts that include seasonal plants and natural icons in a variety of delightful colors.

 It seems natural for me to have selected clay as my main medium and became a potter, thinking of how much I treasure to using my own chawan and yunomi during meals. I throw functional pots and apply slip decorations of traditional Japanese design. In order to maintain light and colorful themes, I fire my pottery using an electric kiln. My goal is to improve my throwing and slip decorating skill. I would like collectors to use my pottery everyday and hope it creates a cheerful moment for users.