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    Posted 4 months ago

    racer4four
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    I recently acquired these glass animals from Japan and I am delighted with them!
    The rabbit has been made by Kokoro Yoshii, an artist working in Kanagawa Prefecture, who specialises in cutting glass. This rabbit has been made from a solid piece of purple glass that has been shaped by hand by sawing, cutting and grinding to form the shape. I love it's shape and colour, but particularly enjoy the feel of it. The cutting and grinding marks are quite noticeable to the eye and hand so it has a really tactile quality. I have another very different piece by Yoshii but I'm still trying to get good photos of it.
    The other two anteater-like creatures are by artist Yasuke Kita, also from Kanagawa Prefecture. She specialises in pate de verre and that is the technique used to make these. Pate de verre is essentially glass powder mixed with a binder or gum which is then used to form the piece. After being fired in a kiln the piece is solid glass. It is a very time consuming technique and results in pieces which are completely individual. So although these two animals look similar there are small differences in their shape and size, as there is in their bespoke bowls.
    The rabbit measures 11cm long, the anteaters 9cm and 7.5cm.
    I hope you find them as charming as I do!

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    Comments

    1. Newfld Newfld, 4 months ago
      Super gorgeous glass animals, the colors are so lovely and my fave is the purple Yoshii rabbit with its fantastic unique shape - love those rough cut ears!
    2. IronLace IronLace, 4 months ago
      These funky critters are super cute! Love the custom food bowls, too!
      The yellow - green anteater has such an intense colour...does it glow under UV too?
      Yesterday, a friend gave me a tiny glass wombat...will have to post it soon...think you'll enjoy it... :-)
    3. LaurenRedmond LaurenRedmond, 4 months ago
      The anteaters look a lot like tapirs actually( I thought that's what they were at first) that rabbit is very cool too, the clear sharp cut ears are so nice!
    4. racer4four racer4four, 4 months ago
      Thanks so much Jenni, I’m really glad you like these.
      The Yoshii rabbit is so interesting, it’s a really unusual way of forming a glass animal.
    5. racer4four racer4four, 4 months ago
      Thanks Marin! Funky is correct, and so very Japanese in their own kawaii way.
      No, doesn’t glow, but no matter.
      Waiting for a wombat now.....
    6. racer4four racer4four, 4 months ago
      Hey Lauren I’m sure that you are correct about the tapirs. A much better match!
      Thanks for that, and the love, and the ear admiration :)
    7. sklo42 sklo42, 4 months ago
      These were the first things I saw yesterday morning and a wonderful start to the day they were. Design and colours superb.......
    8. racer4four racer4four, 4 months ago
      That's lovely thanks Peggy and I hope the days continue so happily :)
    9. Alan2310 Alan2310, 3 months ago
      Hi
      Karen
      I love all 3 there are special and complete so well your collection, I enjoy even more your descriptions of the making of those small critter.
      Stay safe and well dear friend.

      Alan
    10. racer4four racer4four, 3 months ago
      Thanks Alan.
      I know things in Canada and Aus aren't as bad as some other countries but these are difficult times.
      Please take care :))
    11. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 3 months ago
      so cute and naif
    12. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 3 months ago
      Oh, the colors!
      So unique in every way! These lovely creatures are superb, beyond compare!
      Seriously, I love everything about them. The bowls for the anteaters add charm and the rabbits ears are what makes him/ her (let’s go with her cuz she is so pretty) special!
    13. racer4four racer4four, 3 months ago
      Thanks Sylvia, they are very much in the Japanese naive style.
    14. racer4four racer4four, 3 months ago
      Aren't the bowls so cute! Without them the creatures look a it purposeless.
      The rabbit is sneaky, she takes a lot to get your head around how accomplished she is!
      Thanks Eileen, great comments as usual.
    15. Mrstyndall Mrstyndall, 3 months ago
      These are really cool pieces!
    16. racer4four racer4four, 3 months ago
      Thanks MrsT!
      Glad you like them.
    17. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 3 months ago
      I showed these wonderful animals to my Son, who loves all things Japanese. ( he eats with chopsticks). Thought they were so unique compared to “regular” glass animals. ( not to impute other postings! ) Loved the “anteaters”!
    18. racer4four racer4four, 3 months ago
      Ah yes, once you love Japanese style there is no escaping it Eileen! I never thought I would get to where I am now with my Japanese collection.
      Say thanks to your son for his thoughts and tell him to watch out.
      The variation from kaiju to kawaii in figures just appeals so much we get hooked!
    19. racer4four racer4four, 2 months ago
      Thanks so much Jerry! Nice to hear from you. Karen
    20. KinkiPlz KinkiPlz, 2 months ago
      beautiful bunny
    21. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 2 months ago
      Hi Karen, he is already hooked, just a different style of Japanese. He collects Anime Figurines. Most think these are cartoons, but they are works of art. And VERY pricey!
      He just bought one for a friend in Portugal at the tune of $250, and that’s a mid- level price.
      Now to ship it!$$$$
    22. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 2 months ago
      I just love these animals!
    23. racer4four racer4four, 2 months ago
      Eileen I get his love for anime. The imagination and artistry the Japanese put into the genre is astounding.
      For me, Japanese creativity goes where no other culture goes. So cool.
      And thanks for the love again :)

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