Eiko Maeda acquired traditional urushi/lacquer technique at the Joshibi University of Art and Design in Tokyo, Japan. Since then, she has always wanted to continue in arts but it was much later in 2006 when she started learning ceramics. Ceramics training in the Visual Arts Center in Montreal helped her acquire and explore different techniques.
Maeda has been working independently in ceramics to create contemporary design using nerikomi technique since 2011. She is trained under Eiji Murofushi in Fuji, Japan. Her work focuses on a technique called nerikomi. Having trained under Eiji Murofushi, his work and involvement with public has been influential in broadening the field and increasing the number of nerikomi artists in Japan. Nerikomi has become a lifelong journey of exploration for her. After the passing of Eiji in 2019, Maeda now has a mission of building on what she has learned from him to teach others and interpreting his work and passion in her own way to continue learning and developing this technique.