Shimazu, bio

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Esther is a grandchild of Japanese immigrant sugar plantation workers and was born and raised in sunny, multi-cultural suburban Honolulu. She has been mad about clay since the age of five. She attended public schools, the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Fine Art. She is currently a studio artist and occasional teacher and has taught workshops at Penland, Anderson Ranch, Santa Fe Clay, Emily Carr Institute and Idyllwild among others.