Emi Koda is from Hiroshima, Japan. She began studying pottery making in 1994 when she moved with her husband to New Jersey. Upon moving to Saitama, Japan in 1999, she began teaching pottery making there, which she continued until she and her husband moved to Harrison, New York in 2005. She had a solo exhibition in Osaka, Japan in 2006 and exhibited at CRS as part of a group show in 2008 and in a solo show in 2011.