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Mari Kuroda
Ohio

Full Statement

Media:  Ceramic, Sculpture

Pages: 12
Cloud Origami Dish
Fan Origami Dish
Lidded Jar
Irregular Shaped Bowl
Flower Cups
Origami Dish
Flower Tray
Fin Inspired Oval Dish
Wave Tray
Purple Flower Oval Dish
Blue Flower Triangle Serving Tray
Calla Lilies
Pages: 12
Mari Kuroda
M.F.A., Texas Tech University
B.F.A., Wittenberg University

My recent works in clay are multifaceted in styles and inspirations. They depict a rich blend of Japanese and American cultures.

I was born in rural Japan where my father taught English and Ikebana (flower arranging). As an adult, I studied the tea ceremony and came to appreciate the beauty of simplicity. I also apprenticed with a production potter to improve my throwing skills.

I have made my home in this country, being a mother, wife, artist, and teacher. Through my education and my life here, I have learned to explore my own feelings and express my emotions in ways that are very un-Japanese. My highly emotional sculptures reflect my American side.

In making sculpture my purpose is to find serenity. I get satisfaction from each piece I create and I hope to share that with others.