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Mariko Swisher

Biography to Display: 

1957 Born Sendai, Japan


1965-1971 Tohoku Shoudo, Calligraphy School Classes, Sendai, Japan

1980 Toyoko Kobayashi Kimono School, Fukushima, Japan

1988 Jiyoumiyo Shoudo Gakka, calligraphy school classes with Zen Master, Jiyoumiyo, New York, New York

1988 Koyo Ceramics School, New York, New York

1989-1991 Greenwich House Pottery School, New York, New York

1992 Skyland Workshops, Belvidere, New Jersey

1994 92nd St. Y Ceramics Studio, New York, New York


Mariko Swisher creates her wheel thrown and hand built pieces using white earthenware and terracotta. The surfaces are brush glazed and sgraffito carved. Geometric patterns are accented with flowing organic line and color.

Swisher is a licensed calligrapher, kimono, and tea enthusiast. She began her ceramics study in Japan. After arriving in New York City Swisher studied ceramics at Greenwich House Pottery, seminars at the 92nd Street Y, and the Skylands, NJ workshops, where she met and studied with Akio Takamori, Don Reitz, Peter Voulkos, and Rudy Autio.

  While Mariko Swisher’s work is inspired by ancient and ethnic cultures, her intricately glazed surfaces convey themes from nature developed from her notes and drawing.


Bibliography to Display: 

“Ceramics Artist Recognized at the Smithsonian.” Lancaster Sun News, April 21, 2013.

Holahan, Jane. “THE ART”, “United in Life…” New EraNewspaper, Lancaster PA, April 6, 2012.

“Mariko Swisher, Overnight Success.”  Sea BreezeMagazine 2012.

Patterson, Claire. Spotlight, “Artists’ Life.”  American Style (2009).

Schweigert, Mary Beth. “Asian Inspiration.” New Era Newspaper, January 5, 2007.

Swisher, Mariko. “A Look West From Japan.” Ceramics Monthly (March 2006).




Typical Marks
Censer with Cat, Horse, and Insects Box
Date: 2014
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Slab-Built, Hand-Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: Artist
Photo: Artist

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified November 2, 2019.