photography by Kiyotoshi Takashima
Harmony and gradations in glass
One of the greatest appeals of hand-blown glass is the delicate balance between imperfection and near-perfection, reflecting both the nature of the material and the skills of the maker. Pieces which at first glance may appear identical reveal, upon closer inspection, slight variations in shape, color and dimensions, rendering each piece wholly unique.
In Between is a collection of hand-blown glass tableware. Drinking glasses, bowls, plates, and accessories of various types and sizes come in a six step gradation – from transparent to white. Rather than sand-blasting, the gradation is achieved through the application of varying amounts of white pigment during the process.
The subtle successive changes are enhanced through the use of the pieces and the way they harmoniously combine. Besides emphasizing the artistry required for reproducing such variations, this also encourages the exploration of different compositions and applications.
More playfulness and awe are now introduced to the table.
With special thanks to the Netherlands Embassy in Tokyo & Consulate General in Osaka.