I was born in Osaka, Japan and raised in Michigan. I moved to Minnesota in 1983 to study with the late Zen teacher, Dainin Katagiri Roshi.
I make functional pottery. My work is influenced by traditional Chinese, Korean, and Japanese ceramics, especially everyday pots , that were sometimes chosen for tea ceremony. I moved to Mashiko, Japan in 1999 to study pottery with National Living Treasure, Tatsuzo Shimaoka. After completing a 3 year apprenticeship in 2003, I built a wood fired kiln and set up a studio and worked as a studio potter in Mashiko. I moved back to Minneapolis in 2007 and currently work in my studio at home. I fire in gas reduction, soda and woodfire. I also do raku and am exploring slipware.
2011 Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Next Step Grant
2011 Guest Artist, Mungeyeong Chasabal (Chawan) Festival, South Korea
2010 Kansas City Clay Guild National Teabowl Competition. Second Runner Up.
2009 Minnesota States Arts Board Artists Initiative Grant
2008 Northern Clay Center /McKnight Residency
1999 Jerome Travel-Study Grant.
1998 Asian American Renaissance/Jerome Foundation
Career Development Grant For Emerging Asian American Artists.
1996 Northern Clay Center - Jerome Artist Project Grant.
PROFESSIONAL AND GALLERY AFFILIATION
2008-present Raymond Avenue Gallery, Saint Paul
2007-present Gallery Shunn, Hiroo Tokyo
2006-present Northern Clay Center Holiday Sale, Minneapolis, MN
2006-present Northern Clay Center Sales Shop, Minneapolis, MN
2003-2007 Tsukamoto Gallery, Mashiko, Japan
2003-present Wasabidou Antiques & Craft Gallery, Seattle Washington
2000-present Owner International ClayCraft & Woodkiln Google Email Lists
1991-'99, 2008 Member, Northern Clay Center
1991-1999 Studio Artist, Northern Clay Center
1993-1995 Sales Gallery Artist, Northern Clay Center
1995-1997 Holiday Sale, Northern Clay Center
2010 From Mashiko To Minnesota Two,Raymond Ave.Gallery St. Paul,MN
2010 Shino Redux Show, Clay Art Center Port Authur, NY, Malcolm Davis, Judge
2009 McKnight Residency Show, Northern Clay Center
2009 LOLA Longfellow Crawl, founder and participant
2008-2009 Favorite Cup Show, Art on Water Gallery, Northfield, MN
2008-2009 One Person Show, Raymond Avenue Gallery, Saint Paul, MN
2007, 2009 Artist of the Month, Northern Clay Center
2007 One Person Show, Gallery Shunn, Hiroo Tokyo, Japan
2005-present Northern Clay Center Holiday Show, Minneapolis, MN
2005 Mashiko Toki-ichi Pottery festival at Messe Prefectural Ceramic Museum grounds, Mashiko, Japan
2005 Mingei Influences Group Exhibition, Seattle Washington USA
2005 Woodfire Group Exhibition, Tacoma, Washington USA
2004 Tetsuo Itoi and Friends, 6 person inv. Show, Moka City, Japan
2003 Graduation Show at Tsukamoto Gallery, Mashiko, Japan
1998 MingeiSota Potters, Curated by Warren MacKenzie
Western Village, Nikko, Japan
1998 Art Of Craft, Craft Of Art 5 Person Show at Minnetonka Art Center.
1997 Northern Clay Center Holiday Exhibition and Sale
12 Working Artists: Northern Warehouse Invitational Holiday Show
Connected By Fire, Four Person Invitational Exhibition,
Saint Cloud State University
5 Jerome Artists, Northern Clay Center
1996 11 Working Artists: Northern Warehouse Invitational Holiday Show
1995 Artist’s Studio Open House, Northern Warehouse Artists’ Co-op
1994 Holiday Exhibition And Sale, Banfill-Locke Center For The Arts
1993 Clay At Calhoun Square, Northern Clay Center Exhibition and Sale
Artist’s Studio Open House, Northern Warehouse Artists’ Co-op
1992 Studio Artists’ Group Exhibition, Northern Clay Center
Minnesota State Fair Juried Art Exhibition
1992-1998 Artist’s Studio Open House, Northern Warehouse Artists’ Co-op
1991 Minnesota State Fair, Northern Clay Artists’ Exhibition
2006 Hosted and Organized the ClayCraft International Workshop In Mashiko, Japan
2003-2007 Traditional Japanese Woodblock printing with Tetsuo Itoi in Mashiko, Japan
2000-2003 Three year apprenticeship with National Living Treasure, Tatsuzo Shimaoka in Mashiko, Japan
1998 April 2nd study trip to Japan. Attended MingeiSota opening.Traveled to pottery centers & museums.
Arranged to study in Mashiko.
1993 March Travelled to Japan to study in Zen temples at Shikoku and
Kyushu. Also researched Japanese and Korean pottery.
1991-96 Northern Clay Center Workshops with Bob Brisco, Randy Johnston, Warren MacKenzie,
JanMcKeachie-Johnston,Matt Metz, Jeff Oestreich, Pete Pinnel, John Reeve & Linda Sikora
1990-1991 University of Minnesota, with Curt Hoard and Mark Pharis
1984-1999 Traditional sewing of Buddhist Robes (Nyoho-e) with Tomoe Katagiri
1983-1990 Studied Soto Zen Buddhisim with Dainin Katagiri Roshi In Minneapolis, Minnesota.
1972-1976 Central Michigan University, B.S.W.