Posted 6 years ago
I am still researching which glass artist made this vase, as it is unsigned and came with no box. The only identifier is the Toyama Glass Studio label.
Toyama is an important centre for art glass in Japan, with a world renowned glass school, glass museum, and this studio.
The studio has had many graduates of the school and other artists move through it, so I will have to check with them to find the maker of this vase.
It is well made, with 3 layers of glass. A fine pale blue inner case, a fine black layer over that, and then a clear case to finish. Thin trails have been added over the black layer, and sheets of silver and gold foil have been added over that. The shape is simple and allows the decor to be the main feature.
Like a lot of Japanese glass the initial view is quite simple and strong, however a closer look reveals complexity.