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Rainbow glass from Iwatsu Japan

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    Posted 9 months ago

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    These date to around the 1970s and all have been made by Iwatsu Glass, either under their Hineri or Art Glass brands, or under consignment to Kamei Glass.
    It's taken me years to be able to definitively attribute this glass to Iwatsu, and I still have trouble persuading others of my surety. The trouble is Iwatsu have been out of business for about 30 years, as has Kamei, and information is hard to find. Very small steps,often backward before I can move forward.
    They all show great Iwatsu colours, either intense or muted, with the yellow, pink, and blue allowed to mix to make other colours.
    They seem pretty popular, particularly amongst Japanese glass collectors, and it's easy to see why. Nicely made, beautiful to look at.
    These range in height from 16cm to 26cm.


    1. sklo42 sklo42, 9 months ago
      These are SO appealing, Karen, so much of their time and yet so different from the sommerso glass being produced in the West at that time. Assuming they are all yours they must brighten your day on a regular basis :)
    2. Newfld Newfld, 9 months ago
      Gorgeous rainbow pieces Karen, the different shapes are all so wonderful
    3. artfoot artfoot, 9 months ago
      These are great - super pics - good work.
    4. IronLace IronLace, 9 months ago
      Yummy! Gotta love those rainbows! :-)
    5. Ivonne Ivonne, 9 months ago
      I love most the last one but all of them are so joyful.
    6. Mrstyndall Mrstyndall, 9 months ago
      Beautifully colored!
    7. Manikin Manikin, 9 months ago
      Such yummy colors like a box of Popsicles :-) Beautiful
    8. racer4four racer4four, 9 months ago
      They were all mine but I've sold two recently Peggy, not that anyone could tell from the amount of glass left. I have a problem, but I'm not unhappy about it! In the right place with light behind them, they are particularly joyful, well said, so thanks!
    9. racer4four racer4four, 9 months ago
      Jenni it is quite neat to see similar decor in different shapes. Glad you like them and I'm glad you commented!
    10. racer4four racer4four, 9 months ago
      Thanks Harry, it's not too hard to make these look pretty good.
    11. racer4four racer4four, 9 months ago
      Yeah, rainbow glass is yummy for sure, and I think the Japanese did it very well. Thanks IL!
    12. racer4four racer4four, 9 months ago
      Ivonne the subtlety of the last ones colours is good, and the twisted shape is wonderful. Gad you found a favourite!
    13. racer4four racer4four, 9 months ago
      Thanks Mrs T! Rainbows are hard not to like.
    14. racer4four racer4four, 9 months ago
      Popsicles, of course Mani! It's summer here too, so thanks for the comment and reminder :)
    15. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 9 months ago
      These are very beautiful and especilly love the 4 shapes. Attribution seems to be what we all desire and I commend you for this, so cool !~
    16. racer4four racer4four, 9 months ago
      Thanks Phil, attribution means a lot.
    17. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 7 months ago
      What a beautiful rainbow of colors! Just lovely!
    18. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 7 months ago
      love everything about them ..they make me smiling.... '-))
    19. racer4four racer4four, 7 months ago
      Thanks Share and Roycroft! I hope rainbows and happiness come your way.
    20. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 6 months ago
      Thanks Karen, Ya know, sometimes ya just gotta squeeze those lemons and hope you get all the colors of the rainbow. Believe it and it is! I sure miss you!
    21. Newfld Newfld, 3 months ago
      Hi Karen, we really miss you & your beautiful glass on CW, hope you are doing well. Come back soon, and if you know Judy (Tassiedevil) please give her a big hello from me too - missing my Aussie friends! - Jenni
    22. racer4four racer4four, 3 months ago
      Oh Jenny, you are so lovely! I have been so busy in life of late and left my friends, I'm sorry. CW is such a great meeting place of so many wonderful people. I really hope to post again soon.
    23. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 3 months ago
      I'd like to second Jenni's comment. It's great to see you back Karen! I look forward to future posts:)

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