A descendant of Bizen province sword makers, Ando spent her childhood among Buddhist priests in a temple in Okayama, Japan, and later, in California. She apprenticed with master metalsmiths at Hattori Studio in Japan, followed by a residency at the Northern California Public Art Academy. She earned a B.A. in East Asian Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and studied Buddhist iconography and imagery at Yale University. Her work has been shown at the De Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University, California, in an exhibition curated by Nat Trotman of the Guggenheim Museum, and in an exhibition at the Queens Museum, New York, among others.