Posted 8 months ago
I first showed this lamp a few months ago as I eagerly awaited it's arrival, and now it is here!
It has been made by Kaoru Okawa who has been one of Hokuyo Glass most senior glass makers having worked there for close to 50 years.
This vase has been made as a studio piece, not for Hokuyo, and it demonstrates not just Okawa's great skill and creativity but also shows a very Japanese style.
The body of the lamp has been made from white glass over which has been added silver and gold sheets, trails of black, and white and orange spatter. It has three added black feet, a black button top, and is very textured. It is all very planned to give an impression of cherry blossom and the decor is very much from the Rinpa (or Rimpa) school of art.
Rinpa emerged in the 1550s and via a number of different artists and media, watercolours, calligraphy, pottery and lacquerware, it continued until around 1830. It is characterised by brightly colored patterns and scenes of nature, and the unique Rinpa style has continued since to inspire other artists centuries later. Glass artists such as Okawa and Kurioki have translated Rinpa to glass using overlays of colour to give a multi layered and textured decor.
Disappointingly this lamp is not as vibrant and fabulous when lit. I'm still very happy to own it and admire it.
Height 24cm width 21cm