Born in Japan, YUMIKO KUGA's passion in the creating crafts by hand sprang from childhood. With a background in fashion, she was particularly fascinated with the natural ways in which fabrics fell and took form in drapery. Her interest turned towards pottery when she came to the United States in 1983. Two years later, she enrolled in a course at the Greenwich House Pottery, where her new favorite pastime grew into an occupation. Striving to create works serving both functional and aesthetic purposes, she searches for simple and beautiful forms found in nature which are transformed into objects of everyday use. YUMIKO KUGA has been a potter for nearly thirty years. The pieces that are a off white crackled surface are a part of a collection called the Crackle series.