Artist statement

Artist Statement

Chiho Tokita’s works lie in the space between functional ceramics and sculpture, borrowing the vocabulary from one to speak the language of the other.  They are forms unmoored from function but reminiscent of use.  With an interest in the sculptural possibilities of ordinary objects and the expressive possibilities idiosyncratic to clay, her ceramic practice comes out of a curiosity about the language of form and material.


Chiho was born in Tokyo and grew up in New York City.  After living in Boston and Chicago, she and her Canadian husband moved to Toronto.  She has post-graduate degrees from US universities in the study of religion and clinical social work, which somehow led to ceramics in Canada.