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Artist: Yoko Sekino-Bové

Artist: Yoko Sekino-Bove
Yoko Sekino-Bové, PENNSYLVANIA
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There is a reward to creating functional pottery. It is that my pots will be a part of the owner who uses and touches it everyday. My work becomes a part of their identity as well as a part of their life.

In this industrial and technology driven age, the question of why we still create and use hand-made objects over mass-produced, technologically sophisticated merchandise should be investigated and discussed. Although there are no concrete answers to me, I believe it partially is a way to establish our identity as an individual and celebrate it. A part of the reason we acquire an original, one-of-a-kind craft object may not only be for the practical use, but also as a vocabulary to describe our feelings, individualism and personality. It is also a magical tool for our little rituals (also known as a daily routine) that we subconsciously participate, in everyday life.

My porcelain work represents the integration of my collective emotions, curiosities, insights, and fancies in shapes of plants and animals. Capturing these emotions and translating them into a certain shape is like picking up wild flowers for making a bouquet: a mixture of random choices and selective chaos, inspirations and the anticipation for something unexpected.

The forms I developed are primarily for practical usage but also to challenge the users to exercise their imagination. Form and the surface design entwine to create a story, yet it is the function that establishes the identity. When a ceramic work is made, it is three-dimensional; it should be experienced from every angle, touched and used by human hands. I believe that functional ceramic work invites people to engage in an intimate relationship beyond the function through usage.

As a maker, I hope my work grows on the users to the level of intimacy of a reliable companion who provides comfort and offers excitement, joy, and unconditional affection to the owners. My goal in ceramics is to create functional art with an exciting personality, which will live and work with the people who adopt them.

MFA Ceramics, The University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma
AA Advertising Design, Glendale Community College, Glendale, California (Dean's List)
BFA Graphic Design, Musashina Art University, Tokyo, Japan

Guest Instructor, Manchester Craftmen’s Guild, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, “Neat-o Sgraffito” high school students
Adjunct faculty, California University of Pennsylvania, California, Pennsylvania, Color Theory
Part-time faculty, Waynesburg University, Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, “Design for Arts” (2-D Design) “Jewelry and Metals”, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, and Fall 2011
Interim Ceramic program chair, Washington Community Art Center, Washington, Pennsylvania, Fall 2010
Guest Instructor, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, “Anatomy of Japanese Ceramics” Fall 2009
Gallery and Studio assistant, Zen Clay Gallery and Studio, Morgantown, West Virginia, Hand-building ceramics and advanced wheel-throwing classes
Artist-in-Residence and Instructor, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, Florida, Beginning Hand-building, Fast Firings, Glaze calculation, and Beginning wheel-throwing classes
Instructor, The University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, Intermediate and Advanced Ceramics

California University of Pennsylvania, workshop: “Professional Practice: how to prepare your artist portfolio”
California University of Pennsylvania, workshop: “30 minutes teapot project for art educators”
Plinth Gallery, Colorado, slides presentation and demonstrations: Surface decoration techniques
Winthrop University, North Carolina, slides presentation and demonstrations: Throwing techniques with Porcelain
Slippery Rock University, Pennsylvania, demonstration: Plates – throwing and trimming techniques
Northern Clay Center, Minnesota, a slide presentation: A potter’s journey
Touchstone Center for the Crafts, Pennsylvania, weeklong workshop: Surface Decoration Techniques
Auburn University, Alabama, slides presentations and demonstration: A potter’s journey and Alternation techniques on wheel
Women’s Studio Workshop, New York, Art Slam Slides presentation: A Potter’s Journey
Touchstone Center for the Crafts, Pennsylvania, weeklong workshop: Surface Decoration Techniques
Morehead State University, Kentucky, Lecture and demonstration: Contemporary Crafts as a vehicle
of human emotions (lecture), and Surface decoration techniques
Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania, Lecture and demonstration: Japanese Brush Calligraphy, Philosophy and application
California University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, slide presentation and demonstration: Ceramic Surface Decoration Techniques
Touchstone Center for the Crafts, Pennsylvania, Weekend workshop: The Japanese Ceramics: Secrets Revealed
Home and Garden Show, Florida, Demonstration: How to Throw on a Potter’s Wheel
The Clay Gallery, Florida, Demonstration: Hand-building boxes with stamped texture

Artist-in-residence, Manchester Craftmen’s Guild, Pittsburgh, PA, (ten weeks)
McKnight Artist Residency Fellowship for Ceramic Arts 2008, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota (three months), supported by McKnight Foundation
Visiting Artist, Auburn University, Auburn, AR (three weeks)
Chili Bowl Fellowship Visiting Artist, Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, New York (three weeks)
Individual Artist Opportunity Grant, Greater Pittsburgh Art Council, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Technical Assistantship with Mary B. Bishop and Francis S. Merritt Scholarship,
Haystack Center for Craft, Deer Isle, Maine, for Ellen Shankin ceramic workshop (ten days)
The John Frank Memorial Scholarship for ceramic students, Frankoma Pottery Family Collectors Association, Sapulpa, Oklahoma

(upcoming) “Yoko Sekino-Bové” Saratoga Clay Arts Center, Schuylerville, New York
(upcoming) “Finding Songs” The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Scheduled in June 2013)
“Two in the hand” Appalachian Center for Crafts, Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, Tennessee (scheduled in March 2013)
“The lines between” The Red Star Studio, Kansas City, Missouri
“Fragile immortality” Plinth Gallery, Denver, Colorado
“Echoes and Whispers” Art Gallery 305A, Central Illinois University, Emporia, Illinois
“Fragile Immortality” Belle Vernon Credit Union, Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania
“Three rivers arts festival” Emerging artist award and an honorable mention, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
“Echoes and Whispers” The Clay Place, Carnegie, Pennsylvania
“Flora and Fauna” Isadore Gallery, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
“Botanica” Mancino Gallery, Butler Art Center, Butler, Pennsylvania
“Flora and Fauna” Manderino Gallery, California University of Pennsylvania, California, Pennsylvania
“Ivyside Juried Exhibition: Yoko Sekino-Bové” Sheets Gallery at Misciagna Family Center for the Performing Arts at PennState, Altoona, Pennsylvania
“Current Work: Florida Influences” Greenfield Gallery, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, Florida
“On The Wing” MFA thesis show at Lightwell Gallery, Norman, Oklahoma
“In The Wings” Murray State College art gallery, Tishomingo, Oklahoma

“2013 Yunomi Invitational” AKAR design, Iowa City, IA
“Decanter show” Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL
“Push Play” National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Invitational Exhibition,
Belleview Art Museum, Seattle, WA, Invited
“Cup: The Intimate Object XIII” Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL, Invited
“9 Emerging Ceramic Artists” 18 hands gallery, Houston, TX, Invited
“Hot tea!” Craft Alliance, St. Louis, Missouri, Invited
“Figure It Out” Clay Art Center, Port Chester, New York, Invited
“One and Only” John Michael Kohler Art Center, Kohler, WI, Invited
“Holiday Exhibition and Sale” Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN, Juried
“Annual Ceramics Exhibition” be Galleries, Pittsburgh, PA, Invited
“Below the Surface” Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL, juried by Matthew Metz
“National Teapot Show VIII” Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor, NC, Invited
“22nd Annual International Teapot Show” Chiaroscuro gallery, Chicago, IL, Juried
“7th Muammer Çakı 2010 International Ceramic Competition”, Anadolu University, Eskisehir, Turkey, with “İlhan Karaca Ozel Odülü” (“achievement award”)
“Drawing the Line: Utilitarian Pots” University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Juried by University of Arkansas students and faculty, Juried, Purchase award
“One and Only” John Michael Kohler Art Center, Kohler, Wisconsin, curated by the assistant exhibition director Amy Chaloupka, Invited
“30th Anniversary Gala: THE CLAY BALL 2010” Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, Maryland, curated by Malcolm Davis, Invited
“Visions in Clay” LH Horton Jr. Gallery, San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton, California, Juror: Arthur Gonzalez, Third Place, Juried (online catalogue)
“National Three cups of Tea Invitational” Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Mississippi, curated by professor Lydia Thompson (NCECA director), invited
“Six McKnight Artists” Gallery M, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN, with Ilena Finocchi, Elizabeth Smith, Cary Esser, Ursula Hargens, and Maren Kloppmann, Invited (catalogue)
”Attention to Detail” with professor Jim Cornell, Gallery Up, Rock Hill, South Carolina, curated by the Gallery manager Stephanie Flom, Invited
“Third Annual Smaller Than A Breadbox Exhibit” The Works Art & Design Festival, Alberta, Canada, Juried
“Small Favors V” Harrison Gallery, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, curated by the gallery coordinator Erin Nagyfy, Invited
“National Juried Cup Exhibition” Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, Nebraska, juror: professor Linda Arbuckle Juried
“Table of Elements 2009” Manchester Craftmen’s Guild, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, curated by the vice resident of operation Joshua Green, Invited
“Starbrick Clay National Cup Show” Starbrick Clay, Nelsonville, Ohio, Juror: Matt Long, Third place
“The Earth, Water, and Fire: Pottery Invitational” Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, New Jersey, curated by the exhibition director Dorrie Papademetriou, Invited
“Yoko Sekino-Bové” Stonewall gallery, Bill Campbell Pottery Studio and gallery, Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania
“Elit-tile 2010: Fourth international ceramic tile triennial” Igneri Foundation, Santiago De Los Caballeros, Dominican Republic, Invited (catalogue), with Regional Honorable Mention award
“Small Treasures” Vessels Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, curated by the gallery owner Bobbie Tunnard, Invited
“Feats of Clay XXII” Lincoln Art Center, Lincoln, California, juror: Tony Marsh, juried (catalogue)
”Winterfest 2008” Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, Maryland, curated by Exhibition director Mary Cloonan, Invited
”Holidazzle” Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts, Louisville, Kentucky, curated by the director of gallery sales David McGuire, Invited
“4th International Ashes to Art: Scattered” Funeria, Graton, California, Jurors: Adela Akers, Nadine Jarvis, Sylvia Seventy, Juried
“Mondrian Goes flowers” with Sogetu Ikebana artists, Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Invited
“Table of Elements” Manchester Craftman’s Guild, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in conjunction with NCECA Pittsburgh
“7th National Teapot Show” Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor, North Carolina
“Hanging by a Thread” Carnegie Library, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, coordinator for the show, coincides with NCECA 2008 in Pittsburgh
“Seventh National San Angelo Ceramic Exhibition”, San Angelo Museum of Fine Art, San Angelo, Texas, Purchased to be included in the museum’s permanent collection
“Gifted: Part I” The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA, Curated by the store manager Jasmine Zaneene, Invited
”Strictly Functional” Market House Craft Center, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Juror: Malcolm Davis, “Best Vase” award (Catalogue)
“Vasefinder Nationals 2007” Online exhibition, Juror: Elaine Coleman, Juried, Second place
”Pattern and Decoration” Claypool-Young Art Gallery, Morehead State University, Morehead, Kentucky
”Crafts National 40” Zoller Gallery on the University Park campus of the Pennsylvania State University
State College, Pennsylvania, Juror: Mark Richard Leach, Juried (Catalogue)
”Feats of Clay XVII” Lincoln Art Center, Lincoln, Stockton, California, Purchase Award (catalogue)
”National Juried Cup Show” Gallery 138 at Kent Ohio State University, Kent, Ohio, Juror: Eva Kwong, Juried
”Vitrified Clay National: Form & Content” Rockport Center for the Art, Rockport, Texas, Juried
“Potter to Potter” Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene, Oregon, Juried
2003 - 2004
“La Petite XI” Alder Gallery, Coburg, Oregon, Juried

Linda Ganstrom, “Pushplay: The 2012 NCECA Invitational” official catalog, February 2012, Page 20-21
Matthew Kangas, “Pushplay: The 2012 NCECA Invitational” Ceramic Monthly magazine, April 2012
Brigitte Martin, “Humor in Craft” May 2012, Schiffer Publication, Page 160
“Ceramics Monthly Magazine” featured artwork, Upfront section, December 2012 issue, Page 20
“Emerging Artist” Ceramic Arts Daily.org, March 2011
Bob Silberman, “Six McKnight Artists” Exhibition Catalog, June 2010
Jennifer Harnetty, “Editor’s Picks: Top Five Ceramics Exhibitions and Events – September 2010”, Ceramic Arts
Daily (online magazine), August 25, 2010
Marianne Combs, “McKnight shows, Part 1: Northern Clay Center”, Minnesota Public Radio, MPRnewsQ (online magazine), July 14, 2010
“500 plates and chargers” book, featured artwork, Juror: Linda Arbuckle, Lark Books Publication, page 129
“Surface designs for Potters” book, featured artwork, Maureen Mills, Lark Books Publication, page 110
“American Craft” magazine, exhibition announcement with photograph in Gallery Section, Feb/March issue, 2007, Page 100
“Ceramics Monthly” magazine, Exhibition announcement with photograph in Upfront section, December 2006, Page 26
“Artseen”, featured artwork in Art Section, City Paper, Bill O’Driscoll, November 16 – 23, 2005, Page 45
“500 cups” book, Juror: Tom Coleman, Lark Books Publication, Page 120
“Featured Artist” The Palm Beach Post, Residencies advertising section, December 19, 2004, Page 51
“Clay Times” magazine, featured artwork in Gallery Section, March/April 2004, page 40

“Expanding Your Palette in Mid-range Firing”, Technical article about mid-range glaze colors, Ceramic Monthly Magazine, January 2011, page 48 - 51
“Golden Paper Crystals” necklace project, “The Art of Jewelry: Paper Jewelry” book, Marthe Le Van, Lark Books Publication, Page 38-39, collaboration with James Bové

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