June/July/August 2016 • Table of Contents

On the Cover

I grew up without much guidance in Japan, as the youngest child of working parents and I had a hard time communicating my interests. I was always interested in making art and my parents simply filtered life differently. My journey to ceramics started in San Francisco, California, in 1993. Growing up in Japan, I believed that pottery was a legacy art within families and villages, passed down generationally, not easily accessible by outsiders. I found a non-credit ceramics class at the City College of San Francisco (CCSF) and was hooked immediately. I’d never had this feeling toward anything else I’d done before. However, as most potters learn, inspiration doesn’t make a sustaining career. Read More

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