Reiko was raised in Japan where pottery has a long and rich history so she quite naturally developed a love for it.
After receiving a B.A. from Tama Art University in Tokyo she studied ceramic making at Bunka Gakuin Art Institute. She then did a pottery- making apprenticeship at Tsukamoto Ceramic Company and worked as a studio potter in the area of Mashiko, a renowned folk pottery town.
Relocated to the US in 1998 and founded her Studio Tabula Rasa. Here she was exposed to new clay techniques, materials, shapes and styles. From these experiences she developed her signature black & white, sgraffito stoneware and her earth tone, subtly-imaged glaze work pottery.
In addition to transforming her style of pottery, moving to the US exposed her to different craft such as contemporary jewelry and encaustic mixed-media. Although she works between multiple media her art retains its organic feel, shapes and colors as well as her unique imagery.
Reiko has shown her work nationally and in Japan. Her work has been selected by numerous shows and galleries including the Smithsonian Craft Show, the American Craft Council Shows and the Charlotte Mint Museum Potters Invitational. Her Black & White and Glazework pottery is in the Charlotte Mint Museum's permanent collection.