Mariko Brown Harkin is currently attending The School of Art at Illinois State University where she is pursuing her M.F.A. in ceramics. She received her B.F.A. from the Kansas City Art Institute. Mariko’s combination of surface and form are inspired by Ming Dynasty porcelain wares and Iznik ceramics, in addition to imagery found on Middle Eastern textiles. Mariko’s continued fascination with creating pottery comes from her desire to create objects that are not only functional but visually appealing.