Posted 2 years ago
Happy to be back on CW after a bit of a break.
I have a soft spot for the glass art of Takeshi Sano, and his partner Youko Sano, for a few reasons. Both initially studied glass art in Japan then moved to Australia to study at the Canberra School of Art (almost Aussies!). They have a studio in Toyama Japan, a beautiful city I recently visited, and their works feature prominently at the fantastic Glass Museum in Toyama. They both really work the surface of glass after blowing it, which I find creative and interesting.
This cup is small at 4.5 cm high but packs a lot into a small vessel. It has been blown in a variety of blues and green on clear, has been ground back in patterns that give a great variety of colour and texture. The whole has been sand blasted.
This work actually looks in some ways like a work by Youko, who really likes to cut away the surface of her work, much like this. Takeshi is more well known for his mosaic and kiln built glass. So for me, this piece almost represents the works of both, and the relationship between them.