Japanese Otaru Hand-blown Glass Sake bottle & cup | Tokkuri | Contemporary

Shown is a beautiful and functional Sake Set standardly used for serving warm or cold sake. This particular set was made for the New Year has been incorporating gold into the clear and blue glass base of both the Tokkuri, (serving flask), and Guinomi, (sake cup). A sake set is a generic term for the flask and cups used to serve sake, the traditional Japanese alcoholic beverage made from rice. Sake sets are commonly ceramic or lacquered wood, but glass is used more and more particularly during the summer months, and is seen in a variety of other shapes, including that of a spouted serving bowl, (katakuchi). Note: Typically Sake at New Years has gold flecks added for wishes of prosperity, and would add to the beauty and function of this piece. Dimensions: Tokkuri- 5-0”h x 3-1/2”w — Guimoni- 2-1/4”w x 2-1/4”w.

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Japan has had a long and profound craft tradition in the fields of ceramics, lacquer work, textile dyeing and weaving, and other more common crafts. Though glassware is an extremely attractive material to the Japanese, the development of art glass in Japan is a disjointed and relatively recent undertaking. Glass art and the creation of transparent, crystal ware has a short but functional history, with the antique fishing floats (see image) having been produced for just more than a century.

Japan has seen a lot of contemporary activity in the world of glass, with solid achievement by the newly prominent younger generation now attracting interest. An examination of their work reveals great freedom of expression and creativity, and the medium offers real attractions to encourage the future progress of glass art. Today, 3-D glass sculptures are beginning to appear in Zen Gardens, providing a great deal of inspiration to young artists. There are many promising artists in Japan and their modes of expression are multifaceted. The development of technique and design in Japanese glass improved greatly after the 1930s.

We learn that the seasons also had some influence on the development of glassware use in Japan. With the onset of warm summer weather many Japanese residents put away their beloved ceramics, and bring out their glassware. With transparent, light-catching qualities, providing a suggestion of refreshing coolness, the glass reveals another layer of the depth of refinement within the culture.


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