Born and raised in Japan where pottery has a long and rich history Reiko naturally developed a love for it. She studied contemporary art at Tama Art University in Tokyo, where she earned a B.A. She then studied pottery making and worked as a studio potter in Mashiko, a renowned pottery town.
She relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1998 and was exposed to new materials, shapes and styles. From this experience she developed her signature black & white sgraffito stoneware and her subtly-imaged glaze work pottery. Living in the US also exposed her to different craft such as metalsmithing, enameling and encaustic mixed-media. Although she works in multiple media her art retains its organic feel, shapes and colors as well as her unique imagery.
Reiko has shown her work nationally and overseas. Her pottery, jewelry and encaustic have been selected by numerous shows, galleries and museums including the Smithsonian Craft Show, the American Craft Council Shows, Nordstrom and the Charlotte Mint Museum's permanent collection.
She lives in the Asheville area where she enjoys the four seasons in the beautiful Appalachian mountains and a large vegetable garden with her husband and two children.
My studio name comes from the Latin expression "Tabula Rasa" which means an erased slate or, for me, to start with a fresh, open mind. As much as one wishes to live fully in the moment it is in actual life difficult to do. But when I am making my art I feel that is the time when I do "live in the moment". Each moment is a fresh and unique start with my state of mind a blank slate.
For me, the "now" moment created by working with my art is also a moment to connect my "past" and "future". The "past" is all of the inspirations that make it possible for me to make my art what it is. The perfect beauty that one sees in nature. Ancient and historic works that have the strength to survive through the ages. Tribal art made by a people who were living close to the earth. Beautiful music that I appreciate as a gift from God. The Japanese organic and minimalistic sense of beauty which surrounded me as I grew up. All the beings and surroundings have spiritual meaning to me and they make it possible for me to create my work.
Once I finish an object it is passed to a "future" moment. I think of the people who introduce my work into their daily life and are enjoying their "now" moment. My hope is that my work would be used to help celebrate the daily rituals of life and to make harmonious and beautiful surroundings. Handmade items are integral to every good environment and the celebration of the moments that we live in.