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    Posted 5 years ago

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    Quite a different take on traditional kiriko but this cut glass vase is still very Japanese.

    Made in olive green glass to a traditional shape the glass has been sand blasted after blowing.
    The artist has removed glass by hand in a style the Italians call battuto (hammered or beaten, like beaten copper looks). Essentially a tool is used in broad strokes to make patterns.

    Here the pattern is made in long strokes relative to the central turning.
    It looks to me as if the high points around the middle have been polished after turning.
    The contrast of gloss and sand blasted glass is very effective.

    The vase is large at 24cm and quite thickly made (2.1kg).
    I don't know it's age or who made it.
    The only part of the kanji I can interpret is the first character, king. If anyone can help with the translation I would be very grateful.

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    1. sklo42 sklo42, 5 years ago
      This vase is amazing, as is your explanation of the 'battuto' process.....for this novice anyway! I've also discovered that your images can be enlarged, then enlarged again, giving a really good appreciation of the skill involved in the creation of this beauty. Thank you......
    2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      WOW .... WOW AGAIN !!!
    3. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      Beautiful Karen....yes translations can be a pain. Literal ones most of the time are never even close to what's being expressed. I think it might be a "real" or "in the style" of reign mark since the "king" character is there. It can also mean sire or ruler too. Gotheborg's site shows characters like the inverted "V" in some marks to be roof or house. Then again it could be a stylized mountain. The lines below it could be a number. Eight is the closest but the lines are more curved than parallel. Could just be sloppy writing. The "L" on it's side might be part of the "king" mark. A fun wild guess ....something about a king's house. Maybe it's an Imperial piece or it just says "made in Japan"
    4. Ivonne Ivonne, 5 years ago
      Battuto glass is like a sculpture to me.This remains me a field of seaweeds waving in the water
    5. SEAN68 SEAN68, 5 years ago
      beautiful!!!! love the shape and color!!
    6. NevadaBlades, 5 years ago
      DARK.....MYSTERIOUS.....BROODING.....Love it! :)
    7. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 5 years ago
      Ditto to everyones comments! I love the idea they could even use that technique on glass. Amazing! Great detailed photos too.
    8. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      Thanks Peggy. I am so glad you can see the skill and beauty in this.
    9. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      I guess you like it Kevin. Love the wow, thanks.
    10. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      Great info Mike. Even with a kanji translator I have so much trouble. King seems to be a very common character and is included in lots of other words.
      King's house sounds good lol! Thanks.
    11. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      Many thanks Ken, great to hear from you mate.

      I love your imagination Ivonne - you are so creative and always give me a name for my pieces! This is now the Seaweed Vase. Thanks :)
    12. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      Sean - thanks for the lurve and comment!

      It is mysterious Blade! I find much of my Japanese glass falls either into lighthearted or mysterious......keeps me happy though, all of it!
    13. Rick55 Rick55, 5 years ago
      And another beauty Karen! I don't know what technique the Japanese use for their Battuto, but the Muranese use a grinding wheel of varying sizes depending on the cut. Having said that, the workmanship on this vase is as good as it gets! I love how vertical, curvy lines of the top and bottom sandwich and contrast the straight lines in the center. And, as you sated, the use of frosted glass against the clear, is striking!
    14. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      Such a great observant eye you have Rick, and always stating well what you see.
      I agree the grind is probably a wheel one - I guess I made the description sound like it was a hand chisel when you and I know that is very unlikely!
      Like you, I really see beauty in this vase. Thanks so much.
    15. Rick55 Rick55, 5 years ago
      You're welcome Karen. This is one I'd be proud to own!!

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