Kay “Kayoko” was born in Japan. She moved to Philadelphia, in 2005 and has been creating ceramic works for almost seven years. Kay uses her ceramic skill for helping her community garden get organized and by teaching the other gardeners to create signs. She has made pieces for commission and often donates to organizations that sell her work to help their causes. Volunteering has always been part of her life. Her volunteering started many years ago when she was in Japan. Kay worked weekends helping autistic adults by teaching them how to be independent in life with things like cooking, shopping, and physical activities for health. Kay has also worked at a planetarium to make seasonal films.