Toyoko was born and raised in Japan. She has loved art ever since she was young. Particularly, she enjoyed drawing, crafts, and Japanese painting. She started metalsmithing almost 15 years ago and adopted metal clay into her metlalsmithing about 5 years ago. She loves creating jewelry with PMC and also combining PMC with metalsmithing techniques. She sometimes teaches workshops at Arapahoe Community College and Denver Jewelry Studio. She enjoys sharing her techniques with students and watching their creativity.