Custom Labbit by Kathy Yoshihara, San Gabriel, CA
A mixed media artist with a background in graphic design, Yoshihara studied painting, sculpture, and graphic arts at the University of California, Los Angeles. A large, chance purchase of gourds inspired her to incorporate them into her ceramic work. The gourds suggested heads and the resulting kokeshi were a natural reflection of Yoshihara's own cultural heritage. It was this work that landed her in the exhibition, Kokeshi: From Folk Art to Art Toy at the Museum (2009) and the Museum Store.
Mixed Media, 16"W x 19"H x 12"D