Masatada Funo was born in Seattle to parents of Japanese descent. A self-taught potter, Mas has been working in clay for over twenty years. Admirers worldwide have collected his distinctive boxes and sculptures. Nature, as well as human symbols of nature, inspire the shapes, lines and textures of his pieces.
Mas works outside, in an open air shed, using a propane tank and a couple of bricks as a kiln. He has to work very quickly to create his work, and often does not know what spontaneous patterns or textures he is going to get until he is done. The work is influenced by mistakes, accidents, and the rapid chemical changes which happen seconds after the pieces are taken red hot from the kiln - those occurrences which lie at the edge of the artist's control. Funo has exhibited in Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto and Germany and is found in significant collections such as the Canadian Museum of Civilization.