Shoko Teruyama's breath-taking handbuilt earthenware is a result of a long process which begins with creating molds and then carving, shaving of the clay until the final beautiful shape is achieved. Her pottery is inspired by her childhood memories of her home and scared places decorated with ceremonial objects. Her work is usually decorated with twisting vine patterns and birds. "Birds appear throughout my work to create focal points. Some birds swim in the motion of slip and fly around the vine patterns. Others are walking or sitting in thought. To me, the birds represent my sense of freedom."
Shoko’s next event is in Penland Gallery, Penland, NC from July 12 through September 19. For more information visit her website.