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Hisatoshi Iwata (1925-1994) vase

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    Posted 4 years ago

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    I have posted works by Hisatoshi Iwata before, but this one is extra special I think.
    Made from opaque aqua coloured glass,there is an incredible amount of skillful handwork in this vase. The simple baluster shape has a beautifully applied foot, and has been hand trailed. The centre medallions have all been hand made and placed, not an easy thing to do with glass.

    Iwata Kuri, as he is known, was a perfectionist, and really pushed the boundaries of glass art. He reveled in hand work, and this vase from the 1970s demonstrates the skill he had developed after decades of work.
    He developed a very different style to his father Toshichi Iwata, who made more of a free flowing glass art. Iwata Kuri made work that required lots of time and technique, and this almost plastic looking vase shows that.

    I'm wondering now if any of you have ever seen anything like this piece. Let me know!

    Height: 24cm

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    1. sklo42 sklo42, 4 years ago
      This must be one of your loveliest pieces, Karen. I love that the body of the vase is speckled, or textured? but that the applications are not.

      How did you get the effect in image one......if it's not a secret?
    2. SpiritBear, 4 years ago
      I really like it lit up in the first pic.
    3. racer4four racer4four, 4 years ago
      Thanks so much Thomas, so glad to hear it!
    4. racer4four racer4four, 4 years ago
      Peggy I was waiting for someone to pick up on the difference in the glass; of course it's observant you!
      It's such an absorbing piece for me; I look at it a lot and notice different things.

      Photo 1? No secret at all; it's a light behind the sheet but in front of the backing that I aimed through the vase. Turned out well for this one I think.
    5. racer4four racer4four, 4 years ago
      Thanks so much Spirit Bear for the love and comment.
    6. PoliticalPinbacks PoliticalPinbacks, 4 years ago
      I see that the more ya look the more you see little details, unusual for sure and must agree the effect in pic 1 shows very well nice job.
    7. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 4 years ago
      What a fascinating vase. It doesn't look like glass at all, if it weren't for the first photo I'd have thought it was ceramic.
    8. Rick55 Rick55, 4 years ago
      I would have thought pottery Karen... So much hot-work went into this... you can tell it was made by a very talented artist! Once I blew-up the pic I saw all those wonderful speckles, it kinda reminded me of a Cypriot piece... excellent pics too : )
    9. racer4four racer4four, 4 years ago
      Thanks PP - astute observation there.

      Fran you are so right, it looks ceramic or even a heavy plastic at first. This style of vase would not be uncommon made in pottery in Japan, but for a glassmaker to achieve it blows me away. Great to hear your comment thanks!
    10. racer4four racer4four, 4 years ago
      Iwata Kuri was quite a glassmaker Rick, especially for his one off works (which this is not-he made a run of these), but his work relates very much to a Japanese aesthetic. Every detail of his work is planned and executed so well. I knew you would appreciate this.
      Thanks as usual for your insight.
    11. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 4 years ago
      You know, I don't know if it was the same maker or not, but it sure seems like it. I actually did not purchase it tho and it was a very heavy stoneware vase with drip glaze and really very pretty. It had the very different design around the top side like this one, no lines as it was drip...can you show me the bottom. That one I almost got had a very strange looking but def Asian signature or 2 symbols I should say. I could kick myself! This is amazing in the photo #1!!! The signature on the one I didn't get (please don't make me say that again! LOL_) almost looked like an exaggerated happy face or almost a J shape with two short lines well, something like this "J but closer together and the j was more rounded.
    12. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 4 years ago
      Great photos too missy!
    13. racer4four racer4four, 4 years ago
      Iwata Kuri never made pottery as far as I know but I think this glass vase is based on a very Japanese pottery style. So the vase you should have, oh sorry!, didn't, buy was probs in that style too. Your comments crack me up so much Sue - I love your free flowing line of thought out it comes anyway (truly, I always love them).
      Thanks chick!
    14. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 4 years ago
      so pretty
    15. racer4four racer4four, 4 years ago
      I am glad it appeals Kivatinitz, and thank you!
    16. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 4 years ago
      Love it! I have never seen anything like it.
    17. apostata apostata, 1 month ago
      hahaha this is an Kuri Iwata after his petname chestnut , early eighties, easy to recognize , normally his pieces were were akarui style ( also called Kayou)

      technick = funmatsu = the melting of the granula

      application = surredo- like bianconi thread vase

      value = considerate
    18. racer4four racer4four, 30 days ago
      Good info thanks Apostata

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