Shinobu Habauchi was born in and spent her formative years in Japan before moving to the U.S. at the age of 27. Her background and heritage play as huge influence on her pieces; her grand mother being the master of ceremonies in a tea house, being educated in display design, as well as serving as an apprentice under Shogo Kariyasaki, world renowned floral designer aka ikebana artist. Habauchi has experience collecting local material for her pieces and making her own glazes. Her glazes are made from ash, including seaweed, wood, straw and rice husk etc. She has experienced with wood firing and using traditional Japanese kick wheel. The majority of her process can be traced back to earlier, more primitive Japanese techniques and artistry. Her major influence, however, is the art of wabi-sabi, meaning to find beauty in imbalance and imperfection.