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    Posted 3 years ago

    racer4four
    (598 items)

    Edo Kiriko is a traditional form of Japanese cut glass from Tokyo, and has distinctive patterns and designs that are related to Japanese forms and traditions.

    This is a very large piece by Edi Kiriko standards. Although it shows traditional designs such as the lotus and basket weave, it is modern in it's use of randomly placed differently coloured glass and by the very free form of the vessel.
    I love that it involves two very Japanese design features; the acceptance of freedom in hand made objects and that they can be unbalanced, and the use of very symmetrical and intricately perfect patterns to a set design.
    The bowl itself is quite lopsided with an uneven lip and evidence of hand working in the glass making. The cutting is perfect, with symmetrical layout and an almost machine like finish. Edo Kiriko is, however, always hand cut glass.

    This was a very expensive piece of glass when initially sold but I was able to obtain it at a price acceptable to me. I have had some confusion over the maker. Others have helped translate the script on the box lid and it indicates that it is from Yabe Glass Crafts, and that it was made by the second generation of Edo Kiriko masters there. This appears to be Hamiko Yabe, daughter of Kabushiki Yabe. Interesting, as glass masters are rarely female because the tradition is usually passed from male to male.

    Height: app. 20cm Width: App. 25 x 18cm

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    Comments

    1. Newfld Newfld, 3 years ago
      Beautiful sculpted vase & your photos are excellent
    2. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      Hi Karen, you know I don't know any of the technical terms for your glass lol but I do know that I really, really love this vase.....it is stunning :-) )
    3. racer4four racer4four, 3 years ago
      Thanks Jenni, great to hear that!
    4. racer4four racer4four, 3 years ago
      You're so funny Judy! I don't know much about most stuff, but if I like it, I like it! Glad you like this, and thanks!
    5. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 3 years ago
      Some very decorative elements which make this a stunner, nice depth in your photos !
    6. artfoot artfoot, 3 years ago
      The more I learn about Japanese glass, the more fascinating the subject becomes - thank you.
    7. racer4four racer4four, 3 years ago
      Thanks Phil. I just used natural window light and my kitchen benchtop for these, which is why they are a bit grey. I could have tweaked them but didn't bother.
      Glad you like the vase!
    8. racer4four racer4four, 3 years ago
      Thanks Harry. It's a very interesting subject, and because so little is known about it in the West, we are all discovering new things about it. I'm hoping to visit there later next year for some research (and a wonderful holiday!).
    9. artfoot artfoot, 3 years ago
      I hope you have a great visit. I spent a memorable month in Japan back in 1968. It was a fascinating place then and certainly sure to be even more so now.
    10. SEAN68 SEAN68, 3 years ago
      BEAUTIFUL!!!

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