"Art has always been a part of my life. In college, I acquired traditional urushi/lacquer technique at the Joshibi University of Art and Design in Tokyo, Japan. Much later, in 2006, I started learning ceramics. Having been raised in Japan, my culture is an inescapable part of who I am and how I approach my work. Through my work, I strive to express the elegance, delicacy and modesty of the Japanese culture.I have been exploring a new style of ceramics technique, called nerikomi. I had the opportunity to attend a nerikomi ceramics workshop taught by Eiji Murofushi in Fuji, Japan, in 2013. Eiji is one of the pioneers in the field of nerikomi ceramics in Japan. I was immediately attracted and started to practice nerikomi in Canada where the technique is hardly known. Funded by the Ontario Art Council, I have gone back to Japan to further develop nerikomi technique under Eiji’s guidance. I hope to generate public interest in nerikomi in Canada and to share the beauty of Japanese ceramics."