I’m a professional artist and designer, and I am inspired by creating jewelry and working with mixed media. My pieces have been published in numerous books and magazines, and I’ve appeared on PBS’ Beads, Baubles and Jewels. I’m the director of ArtWorks in Edmonds, Washington, and I teach classes online for Craftsy and at a variety of conferences, colleges and art centers here and around the world. See my website for more info: www.mereditharnold.com.
Mia Yoshihara-Bradshaw is a native of Seattle and self-taught artist. Her early works were inspired by the beauty of Japanese kimonos and vibrancy of chiyogami paper. Mia’s art combines elements of traditional Japanese paper-cutting (kiri-e), silhouettes and mixed-media collage.
Similar to kiri-e, her process involves meticulous attention to detail. Utilizing a razor, silhouettes and patterns are carefully carved to define the form. The piece is then brought to life through a collage of chiyogami, ribbon and other materials. The resulting artwork is a unique expression of patterns, colors, texture and form.
My artistic background is familial. I come from a locally-respected lineage of painters, art teachers, patrons, and collectors on Maui, Hawaii. As a child I was surrounded by art, and the regular making of art. My influences were equally European and Asian, with a goodly dose of Pacific Island. I grew up thinking that art was a normal part of life.
I first studied ceramics with Claude Horan, founder of the ceramics department at the University of Hawaii. Though primarily an abstract-expressionist-influenced potter and sculptor, he grounded me in a fine sense of form and the arts-and-crafts philosophy of the English potter Bernard Leach. Ever since then I’ve worked to perfect an expression of classicism with functional pottery featuring simple designs and natural materials. Brushed slip, jade-like celadons, and iron and ash glazes have a muted quality that complement a clean, fine line – a swelling vase or a welcoming bowl.
I’ve worked on my own in Haiku, Hawaii; Portland, Oregon; and now Shoreline, Washington. I’ve shown at galleries in Ashland and Portland, Oregon, and in Seattle. I was a resident artist at Pottery Northwest in 2005-6. I’ve participated in the Mingei Ceramics Invitational at Glenn Richards Asian Antiques, and the Seward Park and Redmond Clay Studio Pottery Sales.