Posted 3 years ago
I don't think photos can relate the size of this Iwata vase, even with Madame Butterfly for scale. It is huge. And bright. And fun!
This has to be a Toshichi Iwata design; it shows all of his style, with simple shapes embellished with internal pulegoso glass, bright pulled colours, and an almost total disregard for perfect form. Toshichi was more than capable of very controlled glass making but his style was very free and for him the variations in a piece equaled art.
You may be able to spot small bubbles of air in the glass and although they look random when I look at the piece as a whole they have been deliberately placed. They are different size bubbles, but are all placed at approximately the same points in the design.
It's not to everyone's taste, and if you like perfect and controlled glass (like Toshichi's son Hisatoshi made) this won't be for you.
Weight: scales said EEEEE, so over 5 kgs