Posted 6 years ago
This is only the second piece of Toyo hand made glass that I have seen, and I think that it dates from around the 1980s.
Toyo Glass has a very long history, but it's production has been mainly focused on mould blown glass such as tumblers, plates and other serving ware.
Founded by Magoichi Shimada as Shimada Glass in 1888 the company went from strength to strength through the 20th century, and established itself as a major supplier to Japan, and post WW2 the US, of utility glassware.
Renamed Toyo Seikan Kaisha (Oriental Can Manufacturing Company) in 1953, and then Shin Toyo Glass (New Oriental Glass) in 1957, the company eventually merged with Sasaki Glass in 2002 to make the huge company TSG (Toyo Sasaki Glass).
I don't know how Toyo got into hand made glass as it seems well outside it's oeuvre, but this large vase is nicely made, and has a beautiful raspberry/grey colouring with overlaid black.
To be honest if it had not had the Toyo sticker on it I would never have attributed it to Toyo.
Lovely and interesting !
Height 22cm (8.5in)
I hope you are all getting a better idea of how many long standing glass companies have and still exist in Japan, and how good their products can be!
I don't think we have appreciated their history and their skill as we have other glass makers (yep, call me a zealot!).