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.
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.
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.