Kyoko Tamada graduated from the Musashino Art University Craft and Industrial Design Department in 1982, where she studied textile design. She started glass making in 1985, and went to study at the Pilchuck Glass School (USA) in 1986. In 1992, Tamada founded the Glass Flow Tamada studio in Gifu. In 1998, the studio was relocated to Yokohama where it currently operates.
Tamada has developed her own signature style which incorporates the Japanese Miyabi aesthetic philosophy. Miyabi is one of the oldest of the traditional Japanese aesthetic ideals, passed down from the Heian Period a thousand years ago. Miyabi aesthetic expresses the aristocratic culture, and values a refined sensitivity to beauty, grace, and elegance. Through her art, Tamada introduces the viewer to the world of Miyabi - she expresses poetry and calligraphy, and applies colours originating from the Heian Period in her pieces. But instead of using textiles or paper which would have been used in the Heian Period, Tamada uses the medium of contemporary glass for expression.
Tamada has held numerous solo and group exhibitions since 1991, including exhibitions in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, London, New York and Paris. She is a member of the Japanese Glass Crafting Association.