Falling in love with glass pieces
Matsushima is known as one of the three scenic beauties of Japan, and is visited by many people. There is a well established Japanese style hotel with ”onsen” called ”Matsushima Ichino Bo”, and adjacent to this hotel is a museum which displays works by an eminent glass artist known throughout the world.
Glasswork artist Kyohei Fujita
Kyohei Fujita was born in 1921 in Tokyo. He studied metal engraving at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts (now the Tokyo University of the Arts), and after graduation, he was employed at a glassware manufacturer. He soon left his job and immersed himself in glass craft. In the 1970s, he went to Venice Italy, a city with a long history of glass craftwork, and he acquired the skills of using colored glass and gold foils as he continued to create his pieces. Since then, he continued to study traditional Venetian glass, and devoted his life to glass craftwork production.
He created a variety of forms including vases, boxes, glasses, receptacles, tea utensils and formative art, and his works are fascinatingly elegant and full of colors, as if life was blown into the glass. He expressed his inspiration and Japanese sense of aesthetic in his work, and established his own world of art.
A box for your dreams ”Kazari Bako”
There is a piece by Fujita to which Nakata commented ”I was deeply moved” when he saw it at Glass Workshop SILICA in Kitaibaraki-shi, Ibaraki Prefecture. This piece is also displayed here.
”The pieces produced in Italy and the pieces produced in Japan seem to have a different sense of colors.” said Nakata. Numerous pieces of ”Kanna Pattern” series, which were made in Italy using the traditional Kanna technique of Venetian glass, are also displayed. They are full of charm with unconstrained flowing curves and spontaneous colors.
- Kyohei Fujita Museum of Glass
- 1-4 Takagihama, Matsushima-machi, Miyagi-gun, Miyagi
- URL http://www.ichinobo.com/museum/