Posted 11 months ago
Pate de verre as a glass technique was introduced to Japan in the early 20th century and has been used by glass artists there ever since.
Since the growth of studio glass in the late 20th century there has been quite a few Japanese artists who have excelled at it. Most of them I cannot afford although I have picked up a few pieces from lesser known artists.
I have no idea who made this vase but I think it's really appealing with it's restrained used of colour and simple organic shape.
It is deliberately uneven in form and the colours shade gently from brown through pink, cream and blue. The surface of the vase has a slight gloss to it that varies from section to section.
Like many Japanese ceramics and glass pieces it is very tactile and changeable and beautiful in an elusive and clever way. It demonstrates great technique and creativity and I'm really happy to have it.
It came with a quality box but unfortunately no artist info.
It's a good size at 24cm.
If any don't know pate de verre is a form of glass making where glass powder is mixed with a paste to hand form shapes, and is then kiln fired to set. It is extremely time consuming and requires a lot of skill to work successfully.