Cheryl Takata is a ceramic artist residing in Perrysburg, Ohio. She designed and built a pottery studio on her home property in 2011. Her work has been exhibited in several regional and national galleries and exhibitions. Many of her recent sculptural and pattern work are influenced by her heritage and things Japanese. Some of this work is stoneware that is fired in a wood-fired kiln where the embers of burning logs deposit an ash glaze on the work.
Animals are a recurrent subject of her sculptural ceramics. Another surface technique she employs on her ceramic work is “sgraffito,” a method where she carves a design through a layer of slip on porcelain or stoneware. She finds that clay provides an ideal canvas to express her graphic sensibilities.