Noriko Masuda was born in Japan, but has spent most of her life in Canada. Since her first summer ceramics camp in third grade, she has been making simple, functional ceramics. After studying studio pottery independently through various workshops and the Australian National University, she studied ceramic design at Staffordshire University, from which she received an MA in March 2013.  Her time in Stoke-on-Trent gave her a greater appreciation of the ceramic industry and increased her interest in the balancing and combining of craft and industry.

Noriko’s main focus is good design. She aims to create aesthetically clean, almost invisible wares – items so unobtrusive and easy to use that they blend perfectly into their function and can be used without thinking. She believes that ceramics are both personal and communal; the maker must be able to empathize with the user in order to create a successful piece.