Mami Kato was born in Japan in 1963. All her life she has had an affinity with the arts first studying literature at the Doshisha Women's College in Kyoto from 1980-83. Subsequently she decided to pursue ceramics and attended Tokoname City Ceramics Institute from 1984-86.
She later apprenticed to Asako Watanabe in the Aichi Prefecture. Since then she has had over 25 solo exhibitions in Japan and numerous group shows abroad. Her sculptural bowl forms take her all over the globe for exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops, and her works are in public and private collections in Japan and internationally.
She has received several awards, including the NHK Kyoto award at the 47th Jyoryu Ceramic Exhibition and the Jury Award at the 5th International Modern Pot Art Biennale in China. In 2015, Mami Kato won the biennial Shoroku Chawan Competition, the first time in its 48-year history that it was not won by a man.