Condition: Excellent

Japanese Studio Art Glass | Glass Summer Tea Bowl | Contemporary

This is a hand-blown glass tea bowl, (White Blizzard), of Otaru Glassware. This tea bowl is in exceptional condition and the glass colors incorporated into the piece are white, blue, purple and orange. Five gold elements have also been incorporated into the glass for interest. The bowl has been given an irregular rim, creating a great deal of character as related to the linear effect of the piece.  Dimensions: 6-1/8”w x 5.0”d x 2-0”h.

Glass manufacturing in Otaru began with the production of Glass Hurricane Oil Lanterns and Glass Fishing Floats, used for general lighting and herring fishing, (an industry that brought the city its prosperity during the Meiji and Taisho eras). In the history of Japanese glassworks, the Taisho era (1912- 1926) was the period when the most magnificent functional works were created. Indeed, most of glassware combined elements of Japanese natural beauty and influences from the Art Nouveau movement. Some major glassworks are the Kitaichi Glassworks, the Otaru Unga Kogeikan, “The Glass ShipWarehouse and the Kitaichi Venetian Art Museum.

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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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