Thomas Arakawa is a Japanese-born pottery artist based in the California bay area. He started making pottery in 2009 in Blossom Hill Pottery in Los Gatos and now works in Sue's Pottery out of San Jose. His love for the process of making pottery brings his inspiration and imagination to become tangible objects which add value to people’s everyday life.Combining art and function, his pottery is a collaborative work between him and his customers. His ikebana vessel and bonsai pots are complete as art when customer put their plants. His dinnerware are complete as art when customers place their food and used in their everyday life. Whether it's making wood-fired vessels or table-ware, he makes unique functional pottery that reflect his values, fit American life style, and enrich customers everyday life.