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Yoko Sekino-Bové was born in Osaka, Japan. She graduated from Musashino Art University in Tokyo with a BA in graphic design. She moved to the US to study advertising and worked in L.A. until her love of ceramics led her to pursue a professional career. In 2002, she began her Masters of Fine Art at the University of Oklahoma, and she currently maintains her own studio in Washington, PA while teaching ceramics classes at local community centers and art classes at Waynesburg University in Pennsylvania. Yoko is a 2011 finalist for the Niche awards for professional wheel-thrown ceramics.

Her speciality is detailed underglaze decoration and she uses botanical imagery as a means of expressing her emotions, insights and fancies. The quiet gestures of the imagery, paired with the traditionally and technically beautiful forms in porcelain, translate into inspiring vessels.

Yoko will join Plinth Gallery for an opening reception of her solo exhibition "Fragile Immortality" on First Friday, April 1, 2011.   On April 2nd, she will teach a one-day workshop in the studio space at  Plinth. For more information, click here