Born in Hokkaido, Japan, Miyako Fujiwara was interested in ceramics throughout her youth but did not start her relationship with clay until studying tea ceremony after college. Later she moved to the U.S. and became involved in the ceramics program at Harvard while in school there. Benefiting from the extensive program, she gained experience in all varieties of firing: soda, wood, raku, and saggar.
What she enjoys most about clay is the meditative quality coupled with physical action of throwing and the unpredictable aspect of glazing in high-fire. Still inspired by tea ceremony, Miyako states, “I just love that atmosphere…quiet, peaceful, serene, slow but beautiful and efficient movement, harmony with nature, sound of the water.”