Kishi Eiko first studied at Kyoto Arts University. She has exhibited extensively throughout Japan and has consistently won awards since 1984 in both Japan and Europe. In 2000, she had the rare honor of having a one-person show at the Minneapolis Institute of Art while teaching at the Northern Clay Center. Her contemporary ceramic work is meticulously carved and tooled, with inlays of colored clays applied in a highly time-consuming mosaic-like technique (saiseki zōgan). The sculptural end result resembles a stone-like surface until examined closely, when the vibrancy of the mosaic inlay can be fully appreciated.