Posted 6 years ago
A vase that displays all of Narumi/Sanyu's identifiers from the 1970s.
Limited to a simple colour palette of blue, magenta and yellow, the colours are allowed to mix to make greens, purples etc.
Heavily cased in clear and hot worked from a moulded base.
Good quality glass with no bubbles or inclusions and a fully polished base.
I don't think the Europeans could do better than this!
My job at the moment is to find out which artists were working at the major glass houses - I have managed to find a few names and all of those I have discovered are artists who later in life established individual glass artists status.
One of the big problems has been the Japanese concept of humility and working to serve the company or leader, so records are not as available as for other worldwide glass companies about who the artists actually were.
My journey through Japanese glass has been interesting to say the least.
I have only recently moved to the concept of designers at the glass houses, just as we all accept that say Nanny Still designed at Riihimaki, or Lindstrand at Kosta. Why has it taken me so long to get that?
Bit slow maybe!
Usual Japanese large piece at 228cm (11in)