Posted 7 years ago
I really like this vase with it's melon colours and shape.
I am not sure if it was made to look like a melon but it is so appealing!
Made by Joetsu Crystal under their Kurata brand this vase has multiple layers of white and clear, with light green glass and then dark green glass applied.
Typically for Kurata the glass has been sand blasted externally after production.
No sticker but it came in it's original box (I love a co-box!) and with a pamphlet. I really need to learn Japanese......
Joetsu Crystal is not very well known by glass collectors here but they have had a large and creative output and clearly have had some great designers working there. I am aware of a number of known designers who did time there before moving on (including my current fave Ueno) and it has offered exchange placements for overseas glass artists such as Stanislav Žampach.
Joetsu Crystal still produce a large amount and range of hand made glass at their Tsukiyono workshop where they have an 11 crucible melting kiln, 4 continuous annealing furnaces, a 5 group cooling furnace and 8 sand blasting workplaces. Current designers include Takashi Miyata, Akira Takahashi and Shogo Kariyazaki.
As a note Joetsu is a place, Kurata the family who established the company in 1905.
I can not confirm the age of this vase but the box and pamphlet lean me to the late 70s early 80s.
Height and width 17cm (6.5in)