Japan has gaining a reputation for being at the cutting edge of an entirely different medium: glass art. Glass blowing is an art defined by tradition, though in Japan, glass blowing as an art craft is relatively new compared to other countries. The Japanese have historically viewed this transparent, hard material as foreign and somewhat exotic, and they have only recently made sculptural and utilitarian glass part of everyday life.
Japanese design has been characterized throughout history by minimalist aesthetics, with a predilection for simplicity, elegance, lightness and negative space. The use of organic elements, materials and forms has also been favored in order to emphasize a spiritual connection with nature. With the advent of technology, Japan has been at the forefront of many innovative designs.
This pair of hand-blown glass sake cups reflects a unique Japanese aesthetic, in which the interior colors are extraordinarily fluid, with no two pieces ever the same. According to Takeshi-san, “High quality products have no meaning if people don’t use them.” Takashi established his glass studio named, “Fresco”, in Izumi City in 2001. When held up to the light the fluid color is beautifully illustrated in light and dark amber, with white accents on the opaque glass rim. Both pieces are in excellent condition with no breaks, chips or repairs. Dimensions: 1-3/4” dia, 3-0”h
SAKE DRINKING: An enjoyable way of serving sake celebrates and it’s role as part of the aesthetic experience of a Japanese meal is to serve it cold as opposed to the traditional warm sake. Like many aspects of traditional eating and drinking in Japan, sake consumption has its own particular aesthetic and set of specialized serving, (Tokkuri), and drinking vessels, (Guinomi) are common.
Contemporary Sake drinkers treat drinking Sake it like a white wine — serve it in glass as you would any crisp white wine. Japanese specialists recommend making smaller pours only because the Japanese feel this is more social, and supports long conversation.
Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection