Pair Japanese Otaru Hand-blown Glass Sake Cups/Blue & Pink | Guinomi | Contemporary

This pair of cylindrical glass sake cup is perfectly balanced and muted with iridescent white/blue/green/pink colors, and they are alive with a textured, suggested motif of cherry trees at the base … it is an homage to the glass artist of the Otaru glassworks. With these skillfully crafted Guinomi, you can enjoy a taste of Japan with each sip of sake. Intended as wedding/anniversary set, the blue is slightly larger, (for the male), they make a beautiful gift, or will enhance your own enjoyment of Japan’s National drink.

Guinomi, choko, and sakazuki are three words that mean the same: Guinomi that are larger than the smaller, flattened sakazuki cups used for hot sake but smaller that choko, (tea cups). In Japan, a good art piece comes with a signed Paulownia wood box by the artist. Do not throw it away! Keep it in good shape for it helps to retain the value of the object within. Dimensions: 2-1/4” dia. x 2-3/4”h.

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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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