Jen Kuroki studied in Japan under two different master potters and now has her own studio in Los Angeles where she throws on a vintage Shimpo wheel. It was her years apprenticing in Japan that really molded the maker she is today. She was able to develop her whimsical style, incorporating the vernacular of contemporary visual culture with a sense
of tradition and history. She's an enthusiast of the Japanese concept of shibui, which refers to a certain aesthetic of simple, subtle and subdued beauty. Each piece is one-of-a-kind, handmade using a variety of clays and glazes. Her work is almost always functional and it’s in their utilitarian aspect that art and craft become one.