The traditional craft that continues to evolve
Edokiriko Hanashyo glassware was chosen as gifts for the heads of state who participated in the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit in 2008. The world of traditional crafts has a chronic problem of aging craftsmen and a lack of successors, yet, the Hanashyo workshop is flourishing with craftsmen in their 20s to 40s, working as key players in creating this handicraft.
In 2010, craftsmen opened the first Edokiriko school in Japan, “HANASHYO’S”, to further the development of glass culture. The craftsmen-led school offers a wide range of lessons from trial lessons to training for aspiring craftsmen. By providing many different courses, the school aims to cater to the needs of each student, and to pass down the technique of Edokiriko craftsmanship.
The modern Edokiriko created with overflowing originality by the young craftsmen, expresses a fresh atmosphere unbound by traditional frameworks.
※From December 15th issue of「PEN」