Kris Marubayashi


Kris Marubayashi

Marubayashi is a sansei (third-generation Japanese American) born and raised in New York. She hails from a family of artists, including her architect/landscape father, who studied under Frank Lloyd Wright, and her mother, who was trained in decorative arts.

She first took up clay work in the 1970s and received her B.A. in studio art at San Francisco State University, where she studied under American ceramic artist David Kuraoka. After pursuing other interests, in 2005, she felt the calling again to establish a studio.

Marubayashi uses mid-fire clay to create highly textural sculptures, often resembling geologic formations or wood. She experiments with various texture and color additives, often mixing clays to create different effects, and continues to explore concrete and paper clay. While mostly hand building, she also uses press molds to help form various shapes.

She exhibits at several shows per year including at the largest juried craft show on the West Coast, the American Craft Council (ACC) show held in San Francisco and St Paul. She has been awarded “Award of Excellence, Ceramics” at ACC St. Paul 2019 show, “Best of Ceramics” at Sun Valley Center Arts and Crafts Festival in 2018 and 2019, and “Award of Merit” at Craft Forms 2018. In 2017, she was named one of ten top California ceramicists. Marubayashi was one of nine artists selected to display in a designer-created mini-room at the ACC SF in 2013, 2014, and 2016.



Artist Statement

Earth – Water – Air Fire – Time

Five components come together to create different textures, colors, weights, shapes. With clay, the combinations are endless, as are the challenges. Working with clay is like life: you have to pursue your passions, be in tune with your surroundings, relish the unexpected, appreciate the little things, and love what you are doing each minute.