Wrapping Rap
Jan10

Wrapping Rap

Wrapping Rap by Gail Rieke ’Tis the season… so perhaps you are thinking about gifting and wrapping… I first learned about the Japanese art of packaging from a wonderful book called How to Wrap Five More Eggs by Hideyuki Oka from which I quote ”…the art of Japanese packaging has been disappearing almost as fast as my interest in it has increased… I have felt it my duty to save whatever I can of this transient, vanishing art.” This art...

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Contemporary glass artist Etsuko Nishi
Jan03

Contemporary glass artist Etsuko Nishi

Contemporary glass artist Etsuko Nishi Specialist in the Pâte de Verre Technique By Dasha Klyachko Etsuko Nishi is a leading expert in the pâte de verre, one of the oldest and more difficult forms of glass making. This is a form of kiln casting, which involves first the preparation of a mould. Finely crushed glass is mixed with a binding material to create a soft malleable paste that is applied to the mould. The mould is heated and...

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Japanese Women Artists You Should Know: Meet Eugénie O’Kin
Dec31

Japanese Women Artists You Should Know: Meet Eugénie O’Kin

Japanese Women Artists You Should Know: Meet Eugénie O’Kin By Alice Gordenker There was a Japanese female artist active in Paris in the early decades of the 20th century but chances are you’ve never heard of her. It doesn’t help that most of her work remains in private hands, or that she called herself by several different names. But the carved bowls, vases and jewelry of Eugénie O’Kin are very much a part of the wave of...

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Contemporary glass artist Miya Kitamura
Nov14

Contemporary glass artist Miya Kitamura

Contemporary glass artist Miya Kitamura Valuing beauty in the everyday object By Dasha Klyachko Miya Kitamura was born into a family of traditional ceramic artists in Kyoto and was making ceramics from an early age. Though she studied ceramics in high school and college, and was expected to take over the family business, Kitamura felt that ceramic making was ‘not quite right’ for her. Though she instead took up glass...

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Glass artist brings Japanese sensibility to Venetian lace technique: Ushio Konishi
Sep18

Glass artist brings Japanese sensibility to Venetian lace technique: Ushio Konishi

One of Japan’s more established contemporary glass artists, Ushio Konishi, is a world leader in the Venetian lace glass technique. This involves creating glass rods with a ‘lace’ pattern before blowing and shaping the final piece. The rods, also known as glass canes, are made by skillfully and delicately twisting molten glass of different colours, resulting in interwoven filaments running down the centre. The rods are then used to...

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Contemporary Glass Artist Takeshi Sano
Aug15

Contemporary Glass Artist Takeshi Sano

by Dasha Klyachko, specialist in Japanese contemporary glass                                                                     Contemporary glass art combined with Japanese sensibility philosophy and aesthetic Although records show that glass has existed in Japan as far back as the Yayoi period (300BC-AD300),  western glass making did not arrive until the Portuguese brought it in the 16th century,. It was then that the Japanese...

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