Naoko Takenouchi's work explores the issues of our presence, identity and relationships in society.
Since she immigrated to Canada in 1993, her creative expression using glass has become a significant way of her navigating her path in this journey. It is also an important bridge between her inner world and society. Recently, with the assistance of a Canada Council "mid-career" grant, she completed a body of sculptural work titled "Dialogue" which was exhibited at the Canadian Craft Museum in Vancouver, B.C.
Takenouchi completed a four-year degree course in design and glassblowing at the 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 Studio in Vancouver. She has attended the Pilchuck Glass School as a scholarship student in '93 and '98. Her work was included in New Glass Review 16, the International Exhibition of Glass Kanazawa '95 and she has received many awards in Canada.