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Japanese Art Glass54 of 72Kurata Craft Glass vase and bowl with handle setHokuyo (?) aventurine glass vase with handles
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    Posted 12 months ago

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    This little vase is about 5.5" high x 4" wide at the top. Just starting to acquire some decent looking glass that was definitely made in Japan (label!) to start getting a better feel for the range of colors and finishes. I've been looking at a lot of images of labeled Japanese glass from different manufacturers, which is great for learning shapes, but not so good for tactile learning and colors. With American glass I can usually pick it up, feel the weight and textures and look at the actual colors and have a pretty good idea if it is good glass, or not, and who/when it was made. I will certainly never be as good with Japanese glass, or probably any other country's glass, but I don't know a better way to start learning. Going to try to not to end up with a bunch of junk, but..... I'll try to spare my CW compatriots my worst learning mistakes. This one is at least pretty, though!

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    1. Newfld Newfld, 12 months ago
      Gorgeous vase, love that gradient amberina color
    2. kwqd kwqd, 12 months ago
      @Newfld - Thanks, Jenni! It is an attractive little vase. Nice textures, too.

      Thanks for loving my anonymous Japanese vase!

    3. racer4four racer4four, 12 months ago
      It's a nice example, Kevin, of the multiple layer shaped glass. I find the amber colour really interesting, and very attractive with the white and clear. Photos show it off so well!
      As you probably know this is export market glass, generally quickly made, and generically labelled. I used to think I knew who made these, but as I learn more I now know there were so many manufacturers making export glass I really am unable to pinpoint the maker.
    4. kwqd kwqd, 12 months ago
      @racer4four - Thanks for your comments, Karen! In the U.S. there were a limited number of suppliers of glass culletts, so some glass makers unavoidably used the same culletts (and colors) as other makers did and it is often possible to narrow down potential makers of pieces by the colors in the glass. It that true for Japan, too? With this piece, I figured it might be easier to identify since it is more free blown as opposed to molded... Oh well...

      There were numerous importers in the U.S. (Enesco, Lefton, etc.). Do you know if any Japanese glass makers were associated with any of these importers?

      Thanks for loving my Japanese vase vetraio50 and aura!
    5. kwqd kwqd, 12 months ago
      Thank you fortapache!
    6. artfoot artfoot, 12 months ago
      Finding and sorting out the various makers of Japanese exported glass is a challenging endeavor. Welcome to the club. Because all pre-WWII and most post-WWII Japanese glass exports were handled through centralized distributors and the records of the supply chain have yet to surface, actual attribution is, at this stage, inexact. For the most part of what I have found, the records of US importers record only the distributor.
    7. kwqd kwqd, 12 months ago
      @artfoot - Thanks for your comment! And also, sigh!

      Thanks for loving my vase from Japan iggy and artfoot!
    8. kwqd kwqd, 12 months ago
      Thanks for loving my vase Tracyhope!
    9. racer4four racer4four, 12 months ago
      Kevin one thing I have discovered is that Japanese makers used to, and still mostly do, make their own colours. They do however, as do most countries now, use Australian sand !
      I like that, thinking that my glass had some origins here.
    10. kwqd kwqd, 12 months ago
      @racer4four - well dang, Karen. Guess we wouldn't want it to be too easy..

      Thanks Vynil33rpm!

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