Naoko Sano was born and raised in Kyoto, Japan and studied and graduated with a degree in Display and Exhibition Design from The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.
She began learning ceramics in Singapore in 1999 and continued after moving to London in 2000, where she attended ceramic classes at institutions such as The Institute, The City Lit, Morley College 2000-2006 and 2014-2016. In 2017 Naoko became a member at the open-access studio Turning Earth. Since 2017 she has been learning the regional way of making pottery whenever visiting Japan, such as in Bizen, Okayama in April 2017, Kiyomizu, Kyoto November 2018, 2019 and March 2020.
2017- 2019 Turning Earth Winter Market
2018 Chalice Gallery - Earth Vases & Botanical Art
2019 Japanese Market at Ibasho Gallery