Posted 5 years ago
Otaru is a town on the northern island of Hokkaido and is a bit of a hot spot for glassmaking in Japan. The town was originally called Otarunai (meaning "River of Sands" in Ainu) and after the Portugese introduced glass techniques in the 1800s it was a natural place for glassmaking to be established. There are a number of glass studios in the town, including Kitaichi Glass, Taisho Garasu and the studio that produced this piece, The Glass Studio in Otaru.
The Glass Studio in Otaru is the studio of the highly respected glass maker Chiyoji Asahara, and this work is typical of his style and talent.
This is a smallish but heavy vase made from a beautiful tropical-blue glass thickly cased in clear . Mica has been generously scattered over the blue and random, but deliberate, large glass bubbles have been incorporated in sections of the clear case. The shape has been squeezed to form an elliptical profile that rests so nicely in my hand. It's beautifully made and finished, and came with it's artist signed box and saffron wrap.