Eriko Kobayashi was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. She fell in love with the color and texture of glass in 2014. Her new fascination led her to complete certification studies at Toyama City Institute of Glass Art in 2016. Currently, she is pursuing a master’s degree at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois.
Glass evokes her urge to create, and her vision with the material introduces playfulness to the technically demanding skill of working with glass. Her artistic adventure has developed into a rebellion against the status quo. Always seeking new stimulation, Eriko makes 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.
April 2010-March 2014 Jissen Women's University: Faculty of Human Life Sciences
April 2014-March 2016 Toyama Institute of Glass Art: Glass Certification Program
July 2017- Chrysler Perry Glass Studio , Norfolk, Virginia. Fall Assistantship
February 2015 "10001" Group Exhibition at Hatake Gyujin Museum, Toyama
September 2015 "poco a poco" Group Exhibition at Milestone Art Works Gallery, Toyama
February 2016 Graduation Exhibition at Toyama Glass Art Museum, Toyama
March 2016 "GEN" Group Exhibition at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo
October2017 ''Feels like__'' Group Exhibition at Origin Gallery, Norfolk VA
July 2015 Corning Museum of Glass 2 weeks summer workshop on full scholarship
June 2016 Pittsburgh Glass Center 1 week summer workshop on full scholarship
July 2016 International Exhibition of Glass Kanazawa Atsushi Takeda Prize
Work Experience ;
May - December 2016 Artists Assistant, Hideaki Kakurai, Scratch and Noise glass studio
2014-2016 Artists Assistant, Shouhei Yokoyama, Toyama Glass Art School
2014-2016 Artists Assistant, Amy Ruffert, Toyama Glass Art School
September - December 2017 Artists Assistant, Charlotte Potter, Charlotte Potter Design Studio