Naoko Takenouchi completed a four-year degree course in design and glassblowing at Tama Art University in Tokyo, while taking time to attend the New York Experimental Glass Workshop. Her work experience continued at the Swedish Center Foundation and in the New-Small & Sterling Glass Studio in Vancouver. She has attended the Pilchuck Glass School as a scholarship student in ’93 and ’98. Takenouchi has exhibited her work world wide, and her work was included in New Glass Review 16, Contemporary Glass: Color, Light & Form from Guild Publishing, 500 Glass Objects from Lark Books and many other national and international publications. She has received many awards in Canada including the Canada Council “mid-career” grant. In 2002, Takenouchi was invited to be one of the jury members for the Saidy Bronfman Award in Ottawa. Currently, she has been commissioned to make Governor General’s Performing Art’s Awards since 2003.
Recently, I have been thinking about my desire to live closer to nature and to be in touch with both my senses and my inner voice. The migration of wild life has given me a certain inspiration. My current series, “Migratory Birds” is exploration of their mysterious and astonishing journey and also the power that we have lost contact with in this modern society.