Japanese Glass Sake Cup

Japanese Pair of Hand Blown Amber Polka-Dot Sake Cups | Kazumi, Tsuji | Maruchoko Contemporary Glass



Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 1-3/4” dia. 3-0”h (dimensions can differ slightly)

This early design is very unique and a rarely seen pair of handcrafted glass sake cups by Kazumi. They reflect a uniquely Japanese aesthetic, in which the interior colors are extraordinarily fluid, with no two pieces ever the same. Employing a technique called fire polishing, which smoothes the glass surface, each piece of glass is hand-blown without the use of molds.

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, Japanese glass artists have been at the forefront of many innovative designs.

Vintage Condition: Excellent, original condition with no chips or cracks, “as is”, and retains the original craft/workmanship. Any discoloration, chipping/cracking, surface wear, or structural damage is noted.

NOTE: Kazumi, Tsuji, heading “Factory Zoomer”, in Kanazawa, first cuts each piece, reheats and shapes it to its own true self: subtly different in size and character, creating a uniqueness. Kazumi has gained 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. 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, and we were fortunate to find her pieces when her studio first opened in Kanazawa.