Posted 1 year ago
Kaoru Okawa was a glass artist from Japan who spent most of his working life at Tsugaru Vidro, in Aomori. He died in 2008.
Like most artists working in production facilities, he also made items under his own name and this set is one of his artisan pieces.
It has been made from murrine, or slices of glass made from glass canes. Murrine are a bit like slices of boiled and pulled lolly, and the slices show the colours and organisation of the stripes originally put into the candy.
The murrine have then been picked up on the punty and blown and worked to form these shapes. After annealing they have been given a matte finish, probably by sand blasting.
There is a very feint signature on the base of the bowl.
There is an incredible amount of talent and time in items such as these. They are so different to a lot of glass art, and the colours are very Japanese in their contrast and unique blend.
They are small but special.
Bowl: 7cm high 7.5cm wide. Dish: 1.5cm high 8cm wide.