Posted 2 years ago
I have found little info on Riku Kobo other than he was an artist from Aomori Prefecture and he worked through the 1980s and 1990s.
I have not seen any works by him from this century.
Clearly he was a very accomplished glass artist and liked to use techniques originating from Murano. Most of the works I have seen by him have been using canes, as in this sweet little basket in photo 4. The palette used by him is quite different to Italian artists and like this basket he used colours within a group ranging from pastels to darker shades. This basket measures 14cm including the handle.
The murrine technique seems rarer for him and the bowl in photos 1-3 is the only work I have seen of Kobo's using this technique. He must have done it quite a bit however as this bowl is an exceptional piece of murrine glass, in design and execution. It is a class piece of glass and I am so happy to have found it. The bowl measures 17cm diameter.
I don't know what happened to Kobo and his studio, it's possible he retired or just went out of business when the art glass industry shrank. I think his work shows an amazing ability to use these Murano techniques in a very Japanese way.