Akira Watanabe Laminated vessel with gold and engraved decoration. “Rapids”
- Created in 2014
- H 11.7 x W 56.0 x D 21.5 cm
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|Year of Creation||2014|
|Dimensions||H 11.7 x W 56.0 x D 21.5 cm|
|Exhibition||The 61th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition|
|Artist Signature||Signature on box and piece|
|Notes||Comes with box|
Kiriko cut glass
Kiriko cut glass is made by using rotating grinders or diamond wheels to cut geometric patterns and curves into the surface of finished glass vessels. The patterns are evened and finished with fine polishing stones. Edo kiriko and Satsuma kiriko are especially famous.
WATANABE mainly works with the kiriko (cut) technique; however, he has also developed his own unique layering technique, in which powdered gold, colored glass grains or the like are dusted between several glass sheets to give a decorative effect; the sheets are then fused by using an electric furnace to create the base material with patterns of light captured inside the glass.