"Hi, my name is Akiko; I'm from Hokkaido, Japan. I've been a potter in Seattle for twenty years. My pottery is all handmade — wheel thrown or slab built — of stoneware clay. It is fired in electric kilns at about 2200°F."
I had the wonderful pleasure of meeting Akiko Graham at her inviting and cozy open-house this last Sunday (thanks Laura)! Her lovely home has a full ceramic studio, a gigantic backyard, a whole frontroom where she has beautiful ceramics for sale, a perfectly naturally-lit living room with a huge table in the center of it that is surrounded by many wooden chairs and a kitchen that has the most wonderful assortment of ceramic dishes, snacks, books and best of all, freshly baked bread. There's little nooks and cut-out windows everywhere. Every little inch of her house looks like it has been put to the best use possible. I could seriously spend hours looking around and then around once more. I kept thinking that I was in a real artist's house. It had this special way about it that I simply cannot explain in words. She is amazing and makes me want to try a whole lot harder. I love women like Akiko. See more of her work here.