Misato Suzuki was born in Aomori, Japan in 1975. Directly after high school, in 1999, she moved to Washington and got her BA from Central Washington University, followed by an MFA from Claremont University in 2002 where she was honored with a fellowship and awards. Currently, she works from her home studio, raising her children in a small beach town south of Los Angeles. Suzuki’s work is often inspired by a snapshot of or an occurrence from daily life - her children’s drawings, a plant outside the window or the soft light of the ocean surroundings. Her experiences and childhood in Japan play into her contemporary sense of art making and design. These works are doodles, reflections, ideas for paintings. Suzuki’s work has been included in shows all over the states as well as from Canada to Tokyo to Australia. From Artillery magazine, 2010: “She invents in seven canvases a way of evoking tension between limited space, abundant human life, and supporting infrastructure.”
Growing up, I often wandered my father’s restaurants and hotels while my parents worked long hours. I knew food both as vital to life and as the source of my family's living. Food has always been the inspiration for my art practice, which focuses on the act of commensality, or eating together. The daily relationships individuals have with food is an opportunity for interaction of slow food with slow design. From tableware to presentation vessels, my work is a channel for connecting elements of the social dining practice. I use a combination of wheel throwing and hand-building techniques to construct porcelain forms with streamline silhouettes characterized by clean lines and gentle organic curves. The smooth surfaces alternate between gem-like areas of gloss and sugar-like satin matte glazes. This dichotomy is inviting to both sight and touch. My work is a catalyst to encourage connection with one another and the food we eat. As I see it, the act of offering food is one of the basic roots of all relationships. My intention is to blur the lines among object making, presentation, and community engagement with handmade ceramics.