Cheryl and Mikio have been full-time studio potters since 1985. Prior to that, Cheryl apprenticed at 3 different potteries in Japan from 1979 to 1985. Their work is truly their own and some say you can spot a Nichibei pot from across the room.
I love the process of clay, and, with it, the endless ability to entertain new ideas.
Whatever is being created, it is usually metaphoric, it is all a part of a much larger spiritual journey of discovery. I honor the process.
There is great satisfaction in holding a finished piece of pottery that is useful and pleasing, but what I like best about working with clay is the link it forms between the ground, my hands, and the artistic impulse that led me to the wheel in the first place.
I enjoy making pots for everyday use; each is a subtle variation of a form – usually created in a series. I am a perfectionist (as much as the process allows) and am constantly in search of the perfect surface and ideal form while striving to create pots that have life and vitality.
I throw classic forms and use surface textures to give them energy and vitality, resulting in art that is both pleasing and alive. I seek to create patterns and textures that emphasize the organic interplay between order and randomness as found in Nature.
I use uncomplicated forms that allow me the space I need for my designs. I’m interested in the human condition. Why people decorate themselves with tattoos, their homes with pigment, hand woven fabric for a garment or a decorated plate.
My current work combines ceramics and fused glass to create vessels, wall pieces, and abstract figures. The contrast between textured clay and shiny transparent glass adds dynamic visual interest to the pieces. I am inspired by traditional folk arts as well as by the endless variety found in nature.