California ceramic artist Kazuko Matthews uses slabs of clay and handbuilding techniques to create unique and graphic pots, vessels, tables and architectural murals. Her work is influenced by a Japanese aesthetic, calligraphy and nature.
The artist has used stoneware clay called "Death Valley" for the last 30 years as it accommodates large-scale sculptural works as well as small works. She received a BFA from Chouinard Art Institute, where she studied with Otto & Vivika Heino. Following a graphic design career, she studied ceramics at Santa Monica College and Scripps College.