"Wheel-thrown black stoneware vase/container. The outside is hand-painted with orange and yellow underglaze and then carved with lines. The outside is left unglazed and the inside is fired with a glossy white glaze. "
“My years practicing ceramics in Japan molded the maker that I am today,” says L.A.-based Jen Kuroki. “I was able to develop my whimsical style, incorporating the vernacular of contemporary visual culture with a sense of tradition.” Kuroki hopes her pieces, including the adorable “beasties,” as she calls her animalistic cups and vases, are not perceived as precious. “They’re utilitarian,” she says. “They don’t like cupboards.”