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Biography: Aya Oki

Aya Oki

The interaction between glass and the life brought to it through blowing is what brings Aya Oki to glassmaking and continues to fascinate her. She controls the materiality of glass and uses her personal process to illuminate it. Her work often turns out to look organic and balloon-like because of her process to highlight the characteristics of glass. “I want my audience to take away a deeper appreciation for the glass and its life-like qualities,” says Oki.

Oki earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in glass at the Aichi University of Education, Japan. She then went to California State University, San Bernardino, before completing her MFA in glass at Rochester Institute of Technology. She has lectured widely and exhibited her work at galleries around the U.S. Oki currently works as a studio assistant and is a teaching assistant to Katherine Gray at California State University in San Bernardino. Oki was selected as one of the 100 artists included in New Glass Now, a global survey of contemporary glass, which opened at The Corning Museum of Glass in May 2019.

In her November 2019 residency, Oki used The Studio’s resources to push her skills and build a large-scale sculpture out of many transparent, patterned bubbles.