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    Posted 1 year ago

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    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.

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    1. Newfld Newfld, 1 year ago
      Beautiful & captivating, this multi hued vase has such delicate layers of color and the shape is like a tulip opening in Spring
    2. racer4four racer4four, 1 year ago
      Captivating is exactly the right word here Jenni!
      It doesn't jump at you this one, just slowly blooms with you (see, the tulip!)
    3. IronLace IronLace, 1 year ago
      To me, it's a magic egg!
      Pate de verre is special indeed...
    4. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 1 year ago
      so femine the rose the earthy metaphor
    5. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 1 year ago
      Beautiful! Love it!
    6. racer4four racer4four, 1 year ago
      Ha Marin! I wonder what will hatch from it? It does look like a mythical creature will appear.
      Thanks mate, hope the lockdown is not too destructive for you. I've had some good and bad weeks but feel pretty resigned now.
    7. racer4four racer4four, 1 year ago
      Thanks Sylvia it is very feminine, I see the rose bud too.
    8. racer4four racer4four, 1 year ago
      Thanks VL, great to have your praise!
    9. jojowasthemanfrommars, 1 year ago
      wonderful piece always nice to come in here and learn something new like this ..thanks for the post
    10. racer4four racer4four, 1 year ago
      It’s a cool technique Jojo, glad you like it.
    11. sklo42 sklo42, 1 year ago
      This vase is gorgeous, Karen, with a wonderful gleam and the look of distant hills.
    12. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 1 year ago
      I would have guessed glass maybe, genius use of porcelain or ceramics !~
    13. racer4four racer4four, 1 year ago
      You know how the Japanese are Phil, they push all sorts of media to get the look they like. I have had ceramics that look almost glass like, glass that looks like metal, all with a Japanese aesthetic.
      Thanks for your comment. I hope your health is keeping ok, I think of you often.
    14. racer4four racer4four, 9 months ago
      Yes! A dragon egg!
      Thanks Eileen :)
    15. rhineisfine rhineisfine, 4 months ago
      What a breathtaking vase! Yowza!

      It's interesting how we all see different things in the shape. My first thought -- with the photo showing the indentation from the side -- was that it might represent a sakura (cherry blossom) petal, with its characteristic "notch". A bit like the single petals seen here:

      In any case it's a magnificent vase with that almost ethereal glow.

    16. racer4four racer4four, 4 months ago
      Thanks RiF
      Yes, I can see the sakura petal in it and what a lovely reference to point out to me.
      Nice comment :)

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