Yoshiko Okada

Graduated from the Seitoku University Junior College, Chiba, Japan, and received her diploma in Fashion (the Kimono, Dress and Fabric Design and Manufacture), 1992. Graduated as a Bachelor of Arts from the Three Dimensional Design at the Surrey Institute of Art & Design University College (currently: University for the Creative Arts), the UK, 2004.She gained experience working with glass in the following British glass studios: the London Stained Glass Co., London, the UK, 2000–2002; Peter Layton London Glassblowing, London, 2001–2007. She was a teaching assistant at the Surrey Institute of Art & Design University College, 2006–2007.
She has received several awards, including the Second Prize at the Glass Sculpture and Garden, Münster, Germany, 2016.
She has participated in one solo exhibition in the Broft Glass Gallery, Leerdam, the Netherlands, 2008, and in over 50 group exhibitions and shows in Denmark, Germany, the UK, and the USA, including: the Coburg Glass Prize 2006, Coburg, Germany; Young Glass 2007, Glasmuseet Ebeltoft (the Ebeltoft Glass Museum), Ebeltoft, Denmark, 2007; the National Glass Centre, Sunderland, the UK, 2007; A Japanese Dialogue, the Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland, the UK; Collect 2014 (with London Glassblowing), the International Art Fair for Modern Craft and Design, London.
Her works are included in the collection of the Ernsting Foundation, Alter Hof Herding, Coesfeld, Germany.
She explores themes of memory, identity and the human condition, inspired both by her Japanese background and European experiences. Inspiration for her art are also her childhood memories.
She plays guitar.