Mariko Brown Harkin is a recent graduate from the School of Art at Illinois State University, where she received her MFA in ceramics. Mariko makes utilitarian vessels which explore ideas of beauty, craft and nature through their recognizable, figurative qualities. Her pots are made from terracotta and an assortment of bright colors, along with various surface treatments are used to decorate the objects she creates. While utility is a mainstay in the work she makes, Mariko is interested in how these forms can dually function as a utilitarian vessels and contemplative objects.
Mariko currently lives in central Illinois with her husband, daughter and two dogs, where she is in the process of establishing her home studio practice.
Mariko A. Brown
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