Cat and the Fish 7.75 x 7.75-in. Stoneware, black wood frame Sage
Cheryl M. Takata - Toledo Area Artist
Cheryl M. Takata is a ceramic artist from Perrysburg, Ohio. She refers to her functional pottery as "art bowls" because of the designs she applies to the surface of her pieces. She often employs sgraffito, a method where she carves a design through a layer of slip on porcelain or stoneware. Her designs are often inspired by her love of nature, patterns and textures. Animals are often incorporated as graphic images or as sculptures. All of her functional pottery is food-safe.
Takata retired as the university creative director at Bowling Green State University in 2007 after a 30-year career in the graphic arts. Also known for being a printmaker, her linocut prints have been in numerous exhibits, including Arts Commission of Greater Toledo and Toledo Area Artists exhibitions, over the past 20-plus years. Since her retirement from BGSU, her interest shifted from the two-dimensional to the three-dimensional clay medium. She now finds that the clay surface provides an ideal canvas for her graphic style and images.
She has studied under several local pottery instructors and has attended workshops by several nationally-known potters. She opened her own pottery studio in 2011 and her work can now be found in several area galleries. Recently her work has been shown in several juried and invitational exhibitions including the 93rd Annual Toledo Area Artists Exhibition at the Toledo Museum of Art and the 2012 Cups of Fire: National Ceramic Cup Competition at the Clay Gallery in Ann Arbor, Michigan.