Masako studied painting and ceramics at The Art Institute of Chicago. Masako married Steve Zapton, also Professor Emeritus of Art and Art History.


My work reflects small segments of my life in the USA and Japan.  I have been trying to look East and West with a fresh perception for the last 39 years, and I plan to continue my search for many years to come.  I believe that Soetsu Yanagi's statement in his book, The Unknown Craftsman, fully expresses the everlasting quest of East and West: "Differences undoubtedly exist, but extremes touch, and we are richer thereby if we expand to the full orbit of man's presence on this globe."

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