Maeda trained under Eiji Murofushi in Fuji, Japan, learning nerikomi, a traditional Japanese hand-building technique used to create ceramic vessels.
Eiko Maeda graduated from Joshibi University of Art and Design, Tokyo, Japan. She trained in ceramics at the Visual Arts Center, Montreal, Quebec and also trained under Eiji Murofushi in Fuji, Japan, learning nerikomi techniques.
Nerikomi is a traditional Japanese hand-building technique. To make various patterns, coloured clay is stacked together in a precise manner and sliced through in cross-section to form small blocks. These blocks are carefully pressed together to create repeating patterns, then sliced into thin slabs. The slabs are draped over uniquely carved plaster molds to create vessel forms. Eiko Maeda is currently based in Woodbridge, Ontario.