David Revere McFadden, chief curator at the Museum of Art and Design in NYC, wrote, in the juror's Statement for the show, “Artists On Their Own: Ideas Of Function”, referring to Mariko's work as,“inspired by ethnic and folk pottery”, and was one of five artists in the show who's work,“... grew from the investigations and musings on the history of ceramics, works that spoke about function on both practical and cultural levels. This group underlines the poetic memories of function that inform our visual and tactile responses to the material.”
Mariko Swisher is a native of Sendai, Japan, a licensed calligrapher, kimono and tea enthusiast who emigrated to the US twenty years ago. Study of ceramics began in earnest in Japan where Mariko collected. Soon after arriving in New York City to be with her husband, painter Charles Swisher, she signed on to classes at Greenwich House Pottery School (scholarship awarded), and seminars at the 92nd St. Y, and the
Skylands, NJ workshops, where she met and studied with Akio Takamori, Don Reitz, Peter Volkous, and Rudy Autio, among others.
ABOVE: Charles & Mariko Swisher Docustory,FIG Lancaster, MoxieHouse