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Midnight1208's loves397 of 1029Green Tango vase with cobal blue - Made in CzecoslovakiaUnusual shape & colours KRALIK Pulled Decor VASE
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    Posted 5 years ago

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    I have posted before a number of items by Toshichi Iwata and his son Hisatoshi but have only very recently acquired my first work by Hisatoshi's wife, Itoko.

    Born in 1922 Itoko began her art career in 1935 studying with the painter Ikuma Arishimi.
    After marrying Hisatoshi Iwata in 1949 she turned her attention to glass making, and by 1958 was designing glass for the Iwata factory.
    She designed a number of architectural glass walls for notable buildings such as the Asahi Glass Plaza and Mitsukoshi department stores.
    She also designed glass and steel furniture.
    In 1975 she became president of the company and guided it well into the 1990s.
    Her first solo exhibition was in 1968, and she exhibited at least once every year until her death in 2008 (at 86).
    She was a strong promoter and supporter of Japanese art glass, was a founding member of the Japan Glass Crafts Association, and served on the Corning Glass Museum board.

    I was so happy to get this vase.
    Made from aqua glass with blue and green spatter it has been partially bubbled to the mid line. It has been clear cased and placed in a trapezoid mould that has given it textured sides.
    The top has been cut and ground at an angle.
    Height 25cm (10in)

    I am now seeking a work by Ruri Iwata, daughter of Hisatoshi and Itoko, who is a contemporary glass artist.

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    1. Cpomedx Cpomedx, 5 years ago
      Very impressive.
      Beautiful texture and colour.
    2. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Love this, looks like a solidified sea wave !
    3. antiquerose antiquerose, 5 years ago
      Cooooooool......Looks like Ice !!
    4. sklo42 sklo42, 5 years ago
      Positively gorgeous.....and what stamina-40 years of exhibitions!
    5. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      Thanks Cpomedx - appreciate your feedback.
    6. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      Kyra I never even got to thinking that, but you are so right! Thanks
    7. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      I guess you know what ice can look like Rose - thanks!
    8. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      She sounds like an amazing woman for sure Peggy. I could have rambled for hours about her achievements. In photos she is the tiniest little thing, sweet face but with a great deal of strength showing too.
    9. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 5 years ago
      Very nice! I can see how this would grow on you. I think I absolutely love this. I already love those colors. If it were on my desk, I'm sure I'd be staring at it ;)
    10. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      An Ice Blue can almost feel the chill. :)
    11. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      Thanks Sue. When glass first arrives here it has transitions:
      1. On the dining table so I can see it constantly.....some stays here a while.
      2. The windowsill to get light through it.......some stay here longer.
      3. The shelves....I can look if I want and some almost die here.
      4. A box in the scary room........possibly there forever.

      Thai one is still on the dining table and I'm still looking at it a lot.
    12. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      It's a chill piece Mike. Ta!!
    13. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 5 years ago
      Fantastic work of art, I love it! To me it is glacial, but not static, it is natural, an ice sculpture created of water and air and grass -- I want to feel it!

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