I met pottery at Sandy Spring Friends School in Sandy Spring, MD during high school when I came to the United States at age seventeen from Tokyo, Japan. I became an apprentice at Greenbridge Pottery in Dayton, MD working primarily in the gallery during high school. At Western Maryland College, now known as McDaniel College, in Westminster, MD, I explored life venues, but ultimately returned to art as a graphic design major. I studied ceramics under Ken Hankins, and did an independent study on raku with David Warfield. After college, I worked as a graphic designer at a sign shop, but continued at Greenbridge Pottery apprenticing in the studio for David Young. I then returned to Japan and enrolled in Seto Yogyo Kunrenkoh, ceramics training school, in Aichi, Japan for one year. During our courtship, I traveled kiln sites with David throughout Japan. After we were married I returned to Greenbridge Pottery as the third potter under Rebecca Moy and David. I taught with him at the Jewish Community Center in Rockville, MD, then went to assist him as the artist in residence at my alma mater, Sandy Spring Friends School. We are excited to have opened our studio/gallery as The Lion Potter of Gettysburg in the summer of 2005 offering handcrafted art as well as hand-picked local produce to our community.
I found clay at Glenelg High School in Howard County, MD as a sophomore. The summer of my seventeenth year I was enrolled into the graduate program at Antioch College at the Columbia, MD campus. I spent the next ten years studying under Richard Lafean. I then went to tour kiln sites in Japan and established a relationship with a potter in Shigaraki named Sawa Kiyotsugu. Other countries in which I have studied pottery include Kenya, Egypt, Vietnam, and Norway. My travels also took me to Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and many other countries that influenced my art with the textures and tastes of their foods, and with their individual cultures. Upon returning to the United States I apprenticed with Rebecca Moy at Greenbridge Pottery in Dayton, MD for seven years, then became her business partner for seven more years. I have taught pottery at Glenelg High School, the Kildonan School for Boys in Bucks County, PA, the Jewish Community Center in Rockville, MD, and I had been the artist in residence at Sandy Spring Friends School in Sandy Spring, MD for three years.
I have opened our own studio and gallery in Gettysburg, PA with my wife, my fellow potter, Junko, as The Lion Potter of Gettysburg.