Sandblast Kobo SORA
Type of industry
Manufacturing, sales of Glass products
567-2 Nariyasu Yamagata Yamagata Japan
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At the root of my work is the sense of nostalgia I felt when I first saw the work of the artist who became my glass-etching master. I was living in Tokyo working in sales when I saw the grapevine design work which moved me deeply and reminded me of my hometown Yamagata, even though the artist was based in Tokyo. I felt a common, universal thread running through the artistic style of this work, and the aspects of Yamagata that I find special. After training under this artist, I opened my own studio hoping to communicate the warm feeling I felt that day through my work.
Although glass is normally thought of as a "cold" substance, my work is driven by the desire to communicate the friendliness, warmth and occasional harshness of Yamagata through this medium. My Nariyasu sake vessel series is named after Nariyasu in Yamagata, where my studio is located. "Nariyasu" literally means, "to be peaceful," which is exactly how I wish users of this product to be.
The four seasons etched in glass show the beauty of Yamagata mirrored in the seasons.