What’s your creative medium?
Tell us how you started your business / creative venture?
I started my ceramic business after attending a local pottery studio mostly as a hobby. Becoming a full-time ceramic artist was a gradual process for me. I started selling my work to friends, participated in art festivals both locally and out of state. Now I get orders from several galleries, museum stores, boutiques, restaurants, and plant shops.
Has your culture and heritage impacted your work? How so?
Growing up in Japan I was always exposed to how people appreciated functional ceramic ware. My grandmother would show me her teacup collection and critique each piece. This appreciation for utility and esthetic appeal has led me to work that is at once useful and designed to be visually impactful. I came to the US as a teenager and have been greatly influenced by this country’s appreciation for color and whimsical design.
Has your family supported your creative journey? Did you have to overcome anything?
My dad was a country music singer song writer so naturally, any kind of creative form was very much encouraged.
How long have you been doing your creative work?
I’ve been doing this work full time for about 4 years.
What advice can you give to another AAPI creative who maybe struggling to follow a creative career pathway due to stigmas?
Try to show up in all kinds of venues without preconceived ideas, you never know how a new door might open for you.
Share a quote you live by. It can be yours or something else that inspires you!
“what if I do this?” This is my approach to creative endeavors and mostly everything in my life. I just ask myself “what if I do this?”
How can people learn more about you and your business?
What are some resources that have helped you succeed?
local shop and gallery owners and Atlanta art community
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