Posted 4 years ago
Ruri Iwata (1951-) is the 3rd generation of glass artists in the Iwata family.
Her grandfather was Toshichi Iwata, her father Hisatoshi Iwata, and her mother Itoko Iwata. Quite a background, and even her given name Ruri is glass related, as it is the archaic Japanese word for glass.
Ruri's work has a much more modern style to it than her family's (as you might expect) and she has developed an almost architectural style, with a combination of blown and formed works.
This vase looks quite simple but is not in actuality. It is triangular in shape but only one side of the triangle is coloured, and I don't know how she has achieved this. The vase appears a mix of fusion and blown glass, and the base has definitely been hot worked. I like the way it moves from the very straight lines of the body to the very lumpy, organic shape of the base. It's got nice optics too with the one side of blue changing the view as you turn the vase.
This is my only piece of Ruri Iwata, I'm saving up to buy more lol.