Keiko Akiyama was born and raised in Nagano, Japan. In 1982, she came to the United States to study art. After working as a graphic artist for several years, Keiko found she was more interested in fine arts than commercial arts. She returned to Japan to study at Ishikawa Ceramic Institute of Katani, a famous traditional pottery. While in Japan, Keiko rediscovered the quality of Japanese culture and its beauty of craft work.
Keiko earned a BFA degree from State University of New York College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Her MFA degree is from California State University in Long Beach, where she was awarded the Marilyn Werby Memorial Scholarship.
In addition to establishing herself as an artist, Keiko is also developing her career as an educator. She has worked with the Cultural Services Program at Duke University Medical Center to teach clay work for blind students at Governor Morehead School.
Keiko’s work can be found at Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea.