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I am a third generation Japanese American (Sansei). Many aspects of my everyday existence, from my spirit, style, home, and art express a deep appreciation for the beauty of Japanese design. I treasure the history and artisanal qualities of vintage and contemporary Japanese fabrics, such as shibori and kasuri. Incorporating fabrics in my jewelry is what makes them unique. Most recently I have been excited about creating ceramic beads in the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi. I combine Raku firing, an ancient Japanese ceramics technique, with different glazing methods to make artistically imperfect beads. Following the Buddhist view of existence: Both life and art are beautiful not because they are perfect and eternal, but because they are imperfect and fleeting.
I grew up in Sacramento, CA and moved to Los Angeles in the early 70’s. My initial major in college was art, but I decided to pursue a degree and career in education. I worked many fulfilling years in higher education. Now, I enjoy designing and creating jewelry, and most recently pottery, which allows me to unleash my creative side and share my love of color and texture, and Japanese design.
Susan Oda Omori
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