Keiko Mita was born on tiny Rebun Island off the northernmost tip of Japan. Set in a crystal blue sea and ablaze with alpine flora in summer, the often stormy and isolated island has been a powerful influence on her work.
Keiko discovered metal craft while studying fine arts at Hokkaido University in Sapporo. The idea of transforming cold hard metal into infinite forms fascinated her. In 1988, she traveled to North America to study mixed-media sculpture at The Emily Carr School of Design in Vancouver. Later she graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City with a major in Jewelry Design.
Keiko initially produced large embossed works, but she eventually turned her interest toward sculpture, objects of art, and jewelry. She has worked with many major jewelry manufacturers in the United States and Japan, learning to accommodate each company’s technique and style, while still remaining true to her own vision.
In 1995, Keiko’s first collections were produced for the Japanese market by a jewelry company specializing in high-end 18K gold, platinum, diamond and precious stone. In 2002, she launched K.Mita Design in New York City.
Keiko strives to create lasting modern designs through themes based on her multi-cultural past and nature. Working primarily in 18K gold, she combines metal textures and complex shapes with diamonds, pearls, and other precious and semi-precious stones.
Her pieces range from geometric to organic, but unique shapes and minimalist forms unite her work. She is also known for her use of colour expressed through the use of gemstones, oxidized silver, and various other materials.
Keiko Mita has been called a “notable jeweler” by American Style magazine and “a master of bold minimalism” by InDesign magazine. She has been talked about on Martha Stewart Radio and has appeared in numerous magazines, including InStore, InDesign, Professional Jeweler, the Crafts Report, and American Style. She also has appeared on television.
Keiko has received many international awards, including: De Beers Right Hand Ring Award U.S.A 2003, WJA Diva Award Second Prize U.S.A 2003, WJA Diva Award Second Prize U.S.A 2002, Saul Bell Design Award Finalist U.S.A 2002, WGC Gold Virtuosi Award Finalist U.K. 2000, The JJA Jewelry Award Japan 1998, The JNWS International Jewelry Design Award Japan 1996, The Creative Jewelry Award Japan 1995, The JJA Jewelry Award Japan 1995, De Beers Diamonds Today Award U.S.A. 1995, De Beers Diamonds International Award Finalist U.K. 1994, De Beers Diamonds Today Award U.S.A. 1993, Van Cleef & Arpels, Inc. Award 1st Prize U.S.A. 1992, Monet Award 1st Prize U.S.A. 1992, The MJSA American Vision Award 1st Prize U.S.A. 1992.
Keiko has exhibited her work at The American Craft Show in Baltimore MD, The Washington Craft Show in Washington D.C. and White Plains NY, The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show in Philadelphia PA, CRAFTBOSTON in Boston MA, and The Artrider Show in New York NY and Morristown NJ. She also has been a featured artist at the following special exhibits.
• The Holiday Show, Greene & Greene Gallery, Lambertville, NJ 2009 • Art Jewelry: Distinctive Personal Adornments by American Designers, Langman Gallery, Willow Grove, PA 2009 • The Holiday Show, Greene & Greene Gallery, Lambertville, NJ 2008 • One & Only: Gifts Made by Hand, Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI 2008 • The Couture Awards, Pratt Mansion, New York, NY 2007 • The Holiday Show, Aaron Faber Gallery, New York, NY 2007 • The Inner/Outer Space Show, Shaw Contemporary Gallery, Northeast Harbor, ME 2006 • Discovery Show, Greene & Greene Gallery, Lambertville, NJ 2006 • Sofa New York Show, Aaron Faber Gallery, New York, NY 2006.
In Japan she exhibited regularly in Tokyo, Kobe, and Osaka.