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 graphic 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 with a graduate scholarship 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/famed metalsmith Jim Bove moved to Washington, Pennsylvania. She taught 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, Red Star Studios in Kansas City, Missouri, Plinth Gallery in Denver, Colorado, the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Baltimore Clayworks in Baltimore, Maryland. Her work has also been shown in Canada, Turkey, and the Dominican Republic. She presented a solo exhibition at the Appalachian Center for Crafts in Tennessee and The Clay Studio in Philadelphia in 2013.
Yoko conducts lectures and workshops at universities and craft schools. She served as a visiting artist in various ceramics programs that include Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, Winthrop University in Rock Hill, North Carolina, and Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky. In Fall 2009, she served a residency at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, after being awarded a McKnight Fellowship Ceramic residency for three months. Her research in the mid-range oxidation glazes during the residency was featured as a technical article in the January issue of Ceramics Monthly Magazine in 2011. Her most recent residency was at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for Spring 2012, and she will be traveling to Icheon, South Korea, to participate in a mentor camp at Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennial 2013, as a mentee under the Australian ceramic artist Vipoo Srivilasa in Fall 2013.
Her ceramic works are featured in “500 cups”, “500 platters and chargers”, and “Surface decoration techniques for potters” as well as other craft books and a wide variety of periodicals including “American Craft”, “Ceramics Monthly” “Pottery Making Illustrated” and “The Clay Times” magazines. Yoko was selected as one of the “emerging artists 2011” by the Ceramic Arts Daily Council.