Keiko Masumoto was born and grew up in Tatsuno City, Japan. She studied Ceramic Art at BA and MA level at Kyoto City University of Art where she became especially interested bringing together the traditional Japanese ceramic craft with fine art concepts. Her work has appeared in numerous exhibitions in Kyoto, Tokyo, Kobe and internationally in London and Seoul. Keiko exhibited at the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art with a solo show developed for the Touch and Sense series, a hugely popular annual exhibition of sensual gallery experiences for blind and partially sighted people. Keiko currently teaches at Kobe Design University, and from 2007 to 2010 she taught at the ceramic studio in Fumonsha, Kyoto. Keiko’s highly skilled and critically challenging artwork as an emerging ceramics artist has been acknowledged by the Yamaguchi Citizens Cultural Festival Award 2006 (first prize), The Annual Exhibition of Kyoto City University of the Arts 2007 (Mayor’s Award for Graduate School); Tokyo Midtown Award Art Competition 2008 (Runner-up); Grand Prix Tokyo Wonder Wall 2009 (Curator’s Choice Award). In 2010, Keiko was the University of the Arts, Philadephia Artist in Residence.