Mari Kuroda

Mari Kuroda

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.


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