Akira Watanabe

Laminated vessel with gold and engraved decoration. “Rapids”

  • Glasswork
  • Presented in 2014
  • H 11.7 x W 56.0 x D 21.5 cm
  • $12,561

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Category Glasswork
Year Presented 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.

Akira Watanabe

photo Akira Watanabe

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.