After gaining her first degree in Liberal Arts from International Christian University, Tokyo, Tani was introduced to glass through weekend courses at Tokyo Glass Art Institute. In 2006, she moved to the UK to continue her study of glass art at the National Glass Centre, University of Sunderland. In recent years, her research has investigated line forms in glass sculpture and she was awarded a PhD for her research “Multi-dimensional line-drawing with glass through a development of lampworking” in 2014.
She exhibits and demonstrates her techniques actively and internationally. Recent major exhibitions include the British Glass Biennale (Ruskin Glass Centre, 2008, 2010 & 2012), 50 Years of Studio Glass from Great Britain (European Museum of Modern Glass, 2011), and Wordsworth and Bashō: Walking Poets (Wordsworth Trust, 2014). One of her signature works, “Childhood” (2008), has been collected by the Broadfield House Glass Museum.