Glasswork “Weaving of the Time” was published on the cover of the novel, Amane Nagatsuki, Farewell for a while, by Shougakukan Inc on December 13th. The story is about a hero who has hopes to picture to connect family and a thing that once existed, but now does not. The story is interrelated with my concept of glass work that is to express memories as reliable forms by creation in an original manner. It also sets in surrounding of my hometown, Tokyo Skytree, radio tower. I appreciate to all people who engaged in this publication. Thank you.
I visited Penland School of Crafts to have a kilncasting workshop from July 23rd to August 8th. It was 2nd visit to the Penland after 13 years of when I was a MFA student at Rochester Institute of Technology. The school holds several workshops, included clay, wood, metal, textiles, books, painting, printing, photograph and glass studio, and almost 300 people gather during the session. It is wonderful place to meet and influenced by artists from different areas. The school was filled with the energy of creation and surrounded by beautiful nature.
My class focused on "hollow-core kilncasting" and expressed our ideas by layering the inner and outer space of glass. We mostly spent the time mixing the plaster and making complex molds during 2 and half weeks. The Penland cat, Tom, made my smiles everytime I see him. Thank you for Penland making such wonderful opportunity, and my dearest TA Sarabeth!!
I visited Praque, Czech, my final destination in summer 2016, from September 13th to 17th. I joined to the 8th edition of "Stanislav Libensky Award " ceremony as a juror. The international glass competition has featured many excellent works by graduates from 30 countries and 40 universities since 2009. It aims to develop the glass art in the young scene and to guide the young artists to enter the business world. This student exhibition includes distinguished works that express the beauty of form utilizing the characteristics of glass materials. For students who participated this time I appreciate their valuing of the material and stance of challenging what is possible while facing the materials every day eagerly. It was an honor to serve as a juror for "Stanislav Libensky Award 2016". I appreciate to everybody who supported my visit, thank you very much!
Bay Area, California was my last visit in US, and I taught "hollow-core kilncasting" at the Resource Center Bay Area of Bullseye Glass Company. The city, the coast of California, was radiant and comfortably spaciousness. The last day, I visited the University of California, Berkeley and the Golden Gate Bridge with Sally, who was one of my students. It was dreamy scene seeing the golden bridge in the mists.
I flew to Corning, New York to have a workshop at The studio of The Corning Museum of Glass. Corning is one of my hometowns where I gain my glass career. The first visit was to attend 31st GAS (Glass Art Society) annual conference in 2001. Since then, I have been visited museum occasionally as a student, teaching assistant, resident artist, and instructor. The exhibition, The Marine Invertebrate Glass Models of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, was displayed during my stay. The scientifically accurate ocean models were sculpted in glass by Braschka family in the 19th century. The glass objects affected me with wonder in form and beauty of nature.
In summer 2016, I spent significant time that I attended to workshops in US and the Stanislav Libensky Award Ceremony in Czech. My journey, for the duration of 1 and half month, started from Portland, Oregon.
I had a kilncasting workshop at the Resource Center Portland of Bullseye Glass Company from August 9th to 13th. I taught moldmaking techniques, "press-mold" and "hanging hollow-core kilncasting". The facility was well organized and there is limitness of educational resources and glass materials. The center was located adjacent to Bullseye factory, warehouse and headquarters. I toured the factory which has been in operation for more than 40 years, and saw all production processes, melting the batch to casting the sheet of glass. The class ends 5pm everyday, and I explore the district of Portland where is known as an area of urban renewal city.
I visited Tacoma Museum of Glass as a visiting artist from March 16th to 22nd, 2016. The reason of my visiting was to develop my sculptural expression by adding new technical possibility with hotshop team. I combined the cast substances, starfishes and rabbits that I made in Japan, at hotshop. The process was smooth because of technical supports of experienced teams, who guide my ideas exploring to the new possible directions. My experience at MOG was ended as one of my precious memories. I met new glass artists and friends, and shared the artistic unlimited possibility of the “Glass”. I would like to say thank you for all staffs at MOG who supported my visiting.
I taught the kiln casting class for 2 weeks at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington. Pilchuck is beautifully surrounded in a serene woodland, and it provides the time and place to experiment with glass. Since I have visited Pilchuck as a student in 2002, I occasionally joined summer workshop as a student, a TA, or a resident artist of EAiR Program. It is memorable place in my glass career. In my class, we focused on learning structure of molds that is made of multiple parts including core mold and possibilities of expression by layering of the forms in glass. I enjoyed working and sharing our knowledge with students, who came from all over the world, and TAs, Orion and Aimi. Thank you for such beautiful time.