I was honored with the John H. Hauberg Fellowship to have collaborative residency with 6 glass artists at Pilchuck Glass School from May 6 to 15. We focused on own specialized technique, and exchanged knowledge and artistic thoughts to inspire. The many flowers in Pilchuck are magnificent western dandelions, which have "warped bracts", so it is the western dandelion’s character. It reminds me the brave seeds of Japanese dandelion, and I decided to express the ecology of dandelions in the environment here. I was told that its Japanese and western flowers differ in reproduction method, number and size of seeds. Western dandelions are said to have light seeds that are blown away by the wind and travel far. The language of flowers is also meaningful; "sincere love" and "departure". My time in Pilchuck was of journeying into a futurism life and new creation.
Glass Art Society 50th-Anniversary Conference, "Between Here and There", was held from May 18 to 21, 2022 in Tacoma, USA. It was the first experience to attend GAS conference as a board member!! As the largest organization of glassart enthusiasts in the oversea, we had variety of programs and we brought together the community of artists, students, educators, collectors, curators, and scientists involved in the aesthetics, technology, and history of contemporary glass. I would like to thank everyone and my partner who supported and made this a valuable experience. It will be a memory that will stay in my heart forever. Special thanks to my board assistant, Hiromu!