Rina Hongo currently resides in the Gifu-ken prefecture in Japan. She received her BFA from the Kyoto University of Art and Design in 2007 and has exhibited her ceramic sculpture and pottery in Gifu-ken, Mino, and Tokyo, as well as in Minneapolis, MN. She was awarded a McKnight Residency in 2010. While in residence at Northern Clay Center, Hongo continued her sculptural work that combines layers upon layers of newspaper and slurry, as well as screen-printed cloths, to create seemingly rough, brick-like, yet extremely delicate forms.