Cheryl Costantini and Mikio Matsumoto
Our work blends the elegant tradition of Japanese folk art with a contemporary flair resulting in collection of pottery that is unmistakably Nichibei. Literally translated, Nichibei means: Japan and America.
As a husband and wife team we have been pursuing a common passion to create pots with timeless beauty since 1985. We believe that a good pot must evoke a sense of both strength and grace, and should never go out of style. Classic forms, clean lines and precise throwing are the hallmark of our work.
Though we are a team, we each make our own unique pots, and have subtly different styles. Trained for six years in Japan as a traditional apprentice, Cheryl’s work tends to focuses more on function and elegant forms and reflects the disciplined and fastidious style she learned there. Though born in Japan, Mikio learned his craft in the United States, and his work tends to embrace a freer and more creative exploration of clay. Mikio’s work is best known for it’s intricate carving and constructed forms.
Working side by side for such a long time, it is hard to say who has been the inspiration for whom; I believe it is safe to say we inspire each other.
See us at the saratoga Rotery show at West vally College in saratoga on May 1st
Full schedule can be seen on our website www.nichibeipotters.com