Eriko Kobayashi was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. She fell in love with the color and texture of glass, while studying design at Jissen Women’s University and graduating in 2014. Her new fascination led her to complete certification studies at Toyama City Institute of Glass Art in 2016.

Glass evokes her urge to create, and her vision with the material introduces playfulness to the technically demanding skill of glass blowing. Her artistic adventure has developed into a rebellion against the status quo. Always seeking new stimulation, Eriko tries to make pieces that deepen thought and that give off positive, energetic vibes.

Kobayashi received the International Exhibition of Glass Kanazawa Atsushi Prize in 2016. Her work is currently on display at the Yamanaka Hotel in Kanazawa, Japan. Recently her love for glass brought her to the United States, participating in the assistantship program at the Chrysler Museum of Art Glass Studio. She is currently enrolled as a Master's of Fine Arts candidate in Glass at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Artist's Statement

I always seek new invigoration, and try to make pieces that deepen thought and give off positive, curious vibes. My ideas come from my memories and questions born from normal daily life. Sometimes, when I see something the thought: "It would be interesting to see that done in glass" suddenly pops up into my mind and I get to work. Through glass we're able to express and show different textures, colors, and motifs that we can't see, or feel in their real life counterparts - giving us a new aspect of stimulation. Glass, to me, is a tool that helps bring me to new worlds and new challenges.

See more at Eriko's website, eriko-kobayashi.com.