Booth #: LN9
Artist bio: Sumiko Takada has been working with clay for over 20 years. She has studied in Japan with Yasunori Nishio and Jun Terada both in Komaki, Aichi and in the United States at Worthington Community Center and Columbus College of Art & Design.
Sumiko creates her functional work with stoneware that is fired to cone 5 in oxidation. Her inlaid pieces are painstakingly crafted by hand: first carving the designs on the ware, then filling them with colored slip, and finally cleaning up the excess slips. She also uses slip decorations and various glazes of her own formula in her work.
Artist Statement: Wheel throwing is my main forming method. After throwing, designs, inspired by traditional Japanese motifs, are first carved into leather-hard ware and then filled with colored slips. Excess slips are removed and surfaces are cleaned before the bisque firing. They are glaze-fired to cone 5.