Fumi Amano was born in Aichi, Japan. She learned about glass making as a traditional Japanese craft and worked diligently to master all techniques presented to her.
In 2009, Fumi came to the United States for the first time to take a workshop at Pilchuck Glass school in Washington State. Upon returning to Japan, she continued to exhibit her artwork at APA Gallery in Nagoya, Aichi prefecture. While she was generally satisfied continuing the work that she was doing, overtime she began to gradually question how she used glass in her artwork. She realized that there was much more to glass than simply using it as craft material.
In order to learn more about glass and expand her horizons, she moved to Seattle. She worked in a glass blowing studio in Seattle for about a year before finally moving, in 2015, to Richmond, Virginia to formally study glass art at Virginia Commonwealth University.
During her graduate program at Virginia Commonwealth University, she faced many difficulties as both a foreigner and as a Japanese woman living in the United States. She was frustrated by the failure of the communication and prejudice towards Asian women by people. This frustration ignited in her a passion to make various forms of art, such as sculpture and performance art, to express a feeling she cannot explain in words. Glass is as if there is an invisible filter between people, Fumi says. People can see each other through the glass, but they cannot touch each other directly. Through performa ... view more »