The forms I developed are primarily for practical usage but also to challenge the users to exercise their imagination. Form and the surface design entwine to create a story, yet it is the function that establishes the identity. Function is a great tool to enhance the story/identity I want to deliver, as well as an invitation to everyone to touch and play with the piece. This is a great advantage for me that we can share the excuse of function with the ceramic art to engage in an intimate, long-term relationship through usage.
As a maker, I hope that my work offers intimacy, joy, and affection to the owners in their private spaces. My goal in ceramics is to create art beyond function, which will live and work with the people.
— Yoko Sekino-Bove