Yoko Sekino-Bové was born in Osaka, Japan. She graduated from Musashino Art University in Tokyo, Japan with a Bachelor of Fine Art degree in graphic design before moving to the United States. She worked as a commercial designer in Los Angeles before her passion for ceramic art took her onto a new path.
She received a Master of Fine Art degree in Ceramics from the University of Oklahoma in 2004. After working as an apprentice at Rowantrees Pottery in Blue Hill, Maine, to study tableware production, Yoko served as an artist-in-residence in the ceramic department of the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, Florida from 2004 to 2005.
In 2005 Yoko and her husband moved to Washington, Pennsylvania and started teaching at local universities and art centers while working from her home studio. Her porcelain work has been exhibited in both commercial and educational galleries including The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Pewabic Pottery in Detroit, Michigan, Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, Montana, Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Baltimore Clayworks in Baltimore, Maryland. Her work has also been shown in South Korea, Canada, Turkey, and the Dominican Republic. Her work was included in “Push Play” NCECA Invitational Exhibition in 2012 at Belleview Art Museum in Seattle. She presented a solo exhibition at the Appalachian Center for Crafts in Tennessee and The Clay Studio in Philadelphia in 2013. In summer 2014, Yoko completed the Arts/Industry residency at John Michael Kohler Art Center in Kohler, WI.
Her ceramic works are featured in “500 cups”, “500 platters and chargers”, “500 teapot volume 2”, “Humor in Craft” and “Surface decoration techniques for potters” as well as other craft books and a wide variety of periodicals including “American Craft” and “Ceramics Monthly” magazines. Her technical articles are featured on “Ceramics Monthly” and “The Pottery Making Illustrated” magazines occasionally. Yoko was selected as one of the “emerging artists 2011” by the Ceramic Arts Daily Council.