Jill Fanshawe Kato studied painting at Chelsea School of Art and pottery at the school of Yosei Itaka and at the Musoan Karatsu Pottery School in Japan. She established her studio in North London in 1977.  She has exhibited internationally, especially Japan and the UK.  She regards her work as sitting somewhere 'between sculpture and painting'.  Her work has been described as possessing an 'atatakai' quality which is a Japanese term for 'emotional warmth implying that something is breathing.'  The Scottish Gallery hosted a solo exhibition in December 2014.

Public collections include: Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales; World Ceramic Exposition Foundation, Korea; Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London; Yokohama National University, Japan.