" Ever since childhood, I have found beauty in the ordinary things around me, not necessarily in those things we see in museums. Things like handmade kitchen utensils, the Kimonos and futons that my grandmother made, miniature chests of drawers made of paper, sweaters and dresses that my mother made, and wood furniture that my father made. I remember that we had some Mino tea cups and Bizen pots in our kitchen, I enjoyed having tea in those cups. They were “alive”. I wondered who had made them. I talked to those cups. I really loved ceramics pots. In my own work, I want to make functional things, things that people will really use and hold in their hand, and perhaps they will wonder who made them, as I had wondered myself. As I became involved in ceramics, I became attracted to how the combination of clay and fire can be both powerful and delicate at the same time. I aim to create living works of art that have “soul” for the last 22 years. Mitsuko Siegrist "