Fumi Amano was born in 1985 in Aichi, Japan. She studied Art Education at the University of Education in Aichi. While studying Art Education, she learned about glass making as a traditional Japanese craft and worked diligently to master all techniques presented to her.
Upon graduating, she desired to learn even more about glass art. In order to expand her horizons and take her knowledge to the next level, she moved to Toyama to study at the Toyama Institute of Glass Art. In Toyama she studied glass art from completely different perspectives than she had previously studied in Aichi. While still studying in Toyama, Fumi received the best student award at the Nijima International Glass Art Festival. In 2009, Fumi came to the United States for the first time to take a workshop at Pilchuck. Upon returning to Japan, she worked at a junior high school teaching general art while continuing to exhibit her art work at APA Gallery in Nagoya. While she was generally satisfied continuing the work that she was doing, overtime she began to gradually question how she used glass in her art work. 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, a place that many well known glass artists such as Dale Chihuly and Dante Marioni call their home. She worked in a glass blowing studio in Seattle for about a year before finally moving, in 2005, to Richmond, Virginia to formally study glass art at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Fumi is working hard to try and do new and creative things with glass while working towards achieving her ultimate goal; to demonstrate new possibilities in glass to people around the world, with hopes of impacting their lives positively.