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Biography: Erika Tada

Erika Tada

Cherishing her personal experiences and the feelings associated with them, Erika Tada creates artwork through the use of objects that play key roles in commemorating her memories. She primarily focuses on the techniques of pâte de verre and casting in this process. In 2001, Vetro Magazine named Tada “Best Debut Artist at SOFA Chicago.”

Tada graduated with an MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2005, and a Ph.D. from Tokyo University of the Arts in 2012. She has held residencies at The Corning Museum of Glass, Pilchuck Glass School, Museum of Glass, LASIKOMPPANIA, and a fellowship from UrbanGlass. She has been an instructor at numerous schools including Rochester Institute of Technology, Pilchuck Glass School, The Studio at The Corning Museum of Glass, Bullseye Glass Company, Penland School of Crafts, and Jacksonville University. Her artwork is shown at many galleries throughout the U.S. and in Japan. She currently teaches at Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan.

Tada, working in tandem with Pavlína Čambalová and Trenton Quiocho, was a recipient of the 2018 Instructor Collaborative Residency program. With the full resources of The Studio, the group aspired to combine each of their unique strengths in traditional Czech engraving, glassblowing, pâte de verre, and kiln casting. Their work sought to embody the emotions inherent in the experience of making glass. “The project gives us the opportunity to experience new techniques, to share our sensibilities and viewpoints, and to influence each other for the future,” they said.