Hiroe Hanazono, a native of Japan, received her MFA from Ohio University in 2008 and a BA in spatial art from California State University, Hayward. A past artist-in-residence at Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts and Worcester Center for Crafts, Hanazono has also worked and studied at various artist communities including Peters Valley Craft Center and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Her work has been shown both nationally and internationally, and she was the recipient of the 2008-2009 Evelyn Shapiro Foundation Fellowship at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she currently maintains a studio.