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Posted 1 month ago

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racer4four
(531 items)

I am so pleased to acquire this vase by the late Itoko Iwata. Although she produced glass right until her death in 2008, I have found her work difficult to source, particularly within my budget.

This vase has a very Japanese aesthetic; the shape, the kimono like pattern, and the almost silk like finish.
My take on it is that it has been created by using metal foil and stenciled and flashed coloured glass over a white base. I'm happy to hear other ideas about technique.

It's typically tall at 26cm, and arrived in it's original box with artist's bookmark.

Note: the photos aren't mine, they are the vendors, which are much better than my own efforts. I have noticed that the photos on Japanese auction and sales sites are usually very well done, even by amateurs.

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  1. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 1 month ago
    You always have great photos, what are you talking about lady! haha you do tho. This is an awesome vase...so unique and chic!
  2. racer4four racer4four, 1 month ago
    Thanks! Not this good, look at the lighting in these, masterful.
  3. Alan2310 Alan2310, 1 month ago
    racer4four, I see this vase not long ago online, is this the same one??
    When I see it, I think of you, lol.
    Great to add this one in your fabulous collection.
  4. Ivonne Ivonne, 1 month ago
    Unusual vase!Looks like pottery at the first sight.
  5. mikelv85 mikelv85, 1 month ago
    This is really an eye catcher Karen ! At first I thought the pattern looked like fish netting. The shape seems to defy any geometric category but it does remind me of facets in a gem...which it certainly is. :)
  6. racer4four racer4four, 1 month ago
    Thanks Alan. You may have seen it on a Facebook glass group.
  7. racer4four racer4four, 1 month ago
    Ivonne that's a pertinent comment. Lots of Japanese glass is made with traditional pottery styling.
  8. racer4four racer4four, 1 month ago
    Hi Mike!
    The fishing net is a good point; such an important tool for the Japanese. Maybe Iwata was thinking that! Thanks for the comment and idea.
  9. Newfld Newfld, 1 month ago
    Wow that is such a pretty honey color
  10. kyratango kyratango, 1 month ago
    Wow! I'm very happy for you, founding and getting kind of a Graal for your fantastic collection, even with the box and papers!!!
  11. PostCardCollector PostCardCollector, 1 month ago
    Can you just imagine all the many hours that went into the creation of this masterpiece? It couldn't have been easy. Thanks for sharing!!
  12. racer4four racer4four, 1 month ago
    Thanks Newfld, it seems to glow.
  13. racer4four racer4four, 1 month ago
    Thanks Pascale. You know how it is; we collect lots and sometimes a very special piece comes along. Very happy :)
  14. racer4four racer4four, 1 month ago
    Thanks PCC, you are right there. Lots of work in this!
  15. SEAN68 SEAN68, 1 month ago
    WOW!!! GREAT DESIGN!!
  16. sklo42 sklo42, 1 month ago
    What a beauty, a vase you'd buy whatever you collected........ Truly Stunning!
  17. racer4four racer4four, 1 month ago
    Thanks Sean, I love the shape too!
  18. racer4four racer4four, 1 month ago
    Thanks so much Peggy. It is a very different and beautiful piece of glass. Quite Japanese too in style don't you think?
  19. Rick55 Rick55, 1 month ago
    I've missed a lot of your recent posts Karen, and I'm gonna have to catch up little-by-little, but what a way to start! I've never seen a vase with anything remotely like this. I love of the angular shape and how the artist applied the multi colored "netting" so precisely without overlap. They're obviously very talented :)
  20. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 1 month ago
    I must echo what others and Rick just said. I love it and never seen anything like it either. You do post the most unusual glass. This is fabulous!
  21. jbingham95 jbingham95, 1 month ago
    Great piece Karen that really catches your eye.It reminds me of a futuristic space age geometric bee hive.
  22. racer4four racer4four, 1 month ago
    Thanks Rick, so good to hear from you. Itoko Iwata was a very talented glass blower, and like many of her era in Japan, quite experimental.
    The shape is great isn't it! Glad you like it all :)
  23. racer4four racer4four, 1 month ago
    Hi Fran! Thanks for the compliment and love; I'm glad it's a fab one for you!
  24. racer4four racer4four, 1 month ago
    Wow Jim, really getting into a description for me there! You know I can no longer look at this vase and not think of the futuristic space age geometric bee hive. Cool name; now stuck. Thanks! (I mean that sincerely)
  25. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 28 days ago
    adore this geometric design
  26. racer4four racer4four, 27 days ago
    Thank you Kivatinitz.

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