Shining glass products from tableware to ornaments are loved by people all over the world. Japan has been developing a multifaceted glass style called “Edo kiriko” since 1834. Edo kiriko has traditional Japanese patterns on the surface, and is neatly polished. Tadaima Japan went to a studio and experienced making Edo kiriko.
We will introduce to you the kinds of patterns found in faceted glass. Straight lines are crossed over vertically, laterally, and obliquely to make certain patterns including hexagonal wickerwork patterns, octagon wickerwork patterns, repeated chrysanthemum patterns, hemp patters, and Japanese “yarai” patters, all of which represent part of the 10 most frequently used patterns. Traditionally, these patterns have also been used in Kimono designs, so those who want Japanese traditions in their life admire this glasswork.
This is a sample from the teacher!
I wonder if I can make it beautiful… let’s get working!
First of all, choose your favorite patterns and draft them onto the glass surface. It took me a while to decide what to draw.
Now, I begin the cutting procedure.
This is the cutting machine.
A diamond is attached to the tip of the needle and is spun to cut the glass. The wheel spins very fast, so be careful not to touch it while cutting the glass. Behind the needle, the water splashes out to clean up unnecessary glass particles. At a time when there was no such machine, craftsmen used to sculpture by hand using emery powder.
Next, the teacher showed me how to do it.
Place the glass to the wheel and move back and forth.
The way you add pressure and move it makes a difference in pattern design.
He was doing it so quickly as if it’s really easy, but I don’t know if I can properly do it….
It’s my turn!
Once the glass touched the machine, the noise started, making me nervous!
Slowly moving back and forth… Yes! I could make the first line!
I was so focused on making it I was holding my breath, so the teacher told me, “Don’t forget to breathe.” The noise of machine in the quiet room made me feel like I was a master craftsman.
Can you tell what pattern it is? It’s fireworks!
The moment I finished it I was so relieved and happy that I finally got a unique design. It will be one of my treasures.
I learned how hard it is to make kiriko glass. Even if you draw out a rough draft, it still might not turn out as you hoped. The kiriko craftsmen do it without drawing a rough draft and cut it with consideration to width, length and balance by their hands and rely only on their senses. The finely detailed technique surprised me.
My pattern was the easiest of all Edo kiriko. This is the work of craftsmen and this process of making Edo kiriko never gets old.
Along with clear glass, there are many other colors including blue, red, yellow, and purple to choose from. The brightness of kiriko glass changes with the intensity of light and even with weather and time. It is such an Art!
Each craftsman has their own way of combining patterns, so every finished piece is unique. To preserve this technique and beauty, it was registered as one of Japan’s traditional craft products in 2002. These traditional patterns have been developed into modern Edo kiriko style by their innovative designs.
You can make your own glass even if you don’t understand the language. Please try to follow what the teacher is doing, and have good spirit in your pursuit of beauty!
Enjoy creating your own unique shiny glasswork!
Applying workshop (Instructed only in Japanese)：http://www.sokichi.co.jp/hpgen/HPB/entries/3.html
Hours of workshop：11：00～、13：00～、15：00～
※You can join in during ‘off’ hours, so please contact the shop.
Participants：1 to 6 people
※There are many Edo faceted glass products sold at the store.
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