Posted 5 years ago
This little sake cup from Japan is the work of the renowned contemporary glass artist Kuniaki Kuroki .
Born in 1945 he started work at Sanyu Glass in 1963. He left Sanyu in 1974 to follow an independent art glass career and he has worked from his own studio since. His work is collected and sold worldwide, books have been published about him, he has had multiple exhibitions worldwide, and he is revered in the Japanese art glass world.
Kuniaki's work often includes extremely delicate elements, such as millefiori, worked inclusions, metals and applied glass ribs. The piece in photo 4 is an example of his work, but like many talented artists his work moves from style to style yet retains what I think is a very Japanese sensibility.
Made from clear glass with silver inclusions, this cup also has scattered millefiore and streaks of coloured glass. It has a typically Japanese applied foot and a fire polished rim.
A little thing, but boy I am happy to own this piece of Kuniaki!