Noriko Kuwabara

Noriko Kuwabara, a native of Japan, grew up sewing, knitting, and crocheting. As an adult, she experimented with a variety of craftswork (including clockmaking). In 1998, her primary form of expression turned to clay, and after years of experimentation in stoneware, she created a line of Nerikomi pieces. The intricate patterns of Nerikomi, achieved by layering and folding different colors of clay, remind some people of Ikat, and most Japanese of Kasuri (both textile weaving techniques). She also enjoys cooking, and would be delighted if her pieces make you feel like loading them up with your favorite dish.