Posted 12 months ago
This vase is 9" high x 7" wide, fairly thick glass, no pontil. I've been fishing around using several sources, none at all comprehensive, trying to learn about Japanese art glass of the 1950s-1990s. Kind of frustrating. I've looked at a lot of pictures, auctions, etc., but still not sure that I can tell Japanese art glass from Italian or Chinese art glass. Take this vase for instance. I found it for very little money on ebay and picked it up as a research opportunity, as it has components (size, shape, glass complexity, bottom style, etc.) of both Iwata and Kamei pieces that I have found with labels. Most of the handled vases I have found by those makers have fancier handles, but some are plain like this. There is enough wear to the bottom to suggest it may be from the period I am researching. Wondering if I could get some guidance on whether nor not I am on the right track. I would like to learn enough to find cheaper, unlabeled pieces of Japanese art glass, as labeled glass seems to command a much higher price, and I am stingy. Rightly, or wrongly, I have a perception that Japanese art glass of this period may not be that common in the US, which also means that I will be shaking the tree harder so unlabeled glass may have to be targeted. Calling this a mystery as I try to identify a maker or possible makers...
See comment from racer4four, below.
"Hokuyo Glass Co.,Ltd. was founded in 1949 in Aomori and manufactured glass floats. Today they are designated for making Tsugaru Vidro (Tsugaru Region glassware) that is a traditional craft in Aomori, Japan. Tsugaru Vidro is very attractive glassware that is made by a unique use of local fine skills.
Hokuyo Glass Co.,Ltd. is a group company of Ishizuka Glass Co., Ltd.."
Great images of the Hokuyo factory and some glass making, below!