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 primarily from terracotta. 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, she 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 maintains an active studio practice- showing her work locally, nationally and online.
Current and Upcoming Events
I did an interview with "Voyage Chicago" this past summer, click the link below to check it out.
"Materials Hard + Soft", International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition, Juried Show
Greater Denton Arts Council, Denton, Texas
February 2, 2019- March 4, 2019
Group Exhibition, Juried Show
Armstrong Gallery, McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, Illinois
Febraury 22, 2019- April 5, 2019