Tamiko Kawata Ferguson is from Tokyo Japan. She studied sculpture and metal smithing from Tokyo University of Education currently called Tsukuba University in Tokyo. She worked for an art glass manufacturer for three years as an artist-designer, designing tableware, lighting fixtures for temples and a castle and glass sculptures for buildings in Tokyo City and developed some glass wearable art. She arrived to NYC in 1962 and studied jewelry making from Ms. Adda Husted-Andersen. She became a US citizen in August 2004.
She has earned many awards, included are New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship twice and named Gregory Millard Fellow, Pollock/Krasner Fellow for her art works and two times recipient of ESCA (Empire State Craft Alliance of New York State) Grant and Ruth Chenven Award. She has won the first place for Johnson Matthey International Platinum competition for a chain design, and the first place for International Platinum Guild of USA competition for a Letter Opener design, also was a winner of NY Goldsmith award for her earring design. She has created jewelry for Women of the Year Award/YWCA NYC for many years, the recipients include Beverly Sills and Ruth Reichl.
She has been exhibiting her jewelry nationally and internationally, her works are in permanent collection in Museum for Arts and Design, Jack Lenor Larsen private Collection, LongHouse Reserve Permanent Collection, Davis Brody Bond Architects, Aida Yusuke Collection, PREC Institute Collection and many others.
She has been continuing to develop designs in reactive metals, Titanium & Niobium, and has been teaching fabrication of precious metal jewelry since 1979.