Edo Kiriko Hanashyo
Sunroom | Contemporary Artist Noritaka Tatehana x Edo Kiriko Hanashyo
Hanashyo creates not only glassware with traditional designs, but also numerous pieces with original designs.
Thekome-tsunagimotif employed in this collaborative piece depicts stalks of rice. Rice is a symbol of prosperity, and this motif expresses prayers for an abundant harvest.
Thekome-tsunagidesign, a true delight to the eyes, is the product of Hanashyo’s expertise with glass.
The Japanese word for lightning isinazuma, a combination ofina, meaning rice, andtsuma, meaning husband. It comes from an ancient belief that lightning causes the rice plant to bear rice. This piece therefore harmoniously blends the motifs of lightning andkome-tsunagi.
The work consists of nine glass plates, combining transparent areas and areas where the back of the glass has been painted. They combine to depict a picture while also leveraging the reflections produced by cut glass.
This work was created by the third-generation master Hanashyo craftsman, Takayuki Kumakura. Thekome-tsunagimotif, a unique Hanashyo pattern, represents a wish for a bountiful harvest and prosperity.
Elegant curved lines contrast with sharp patterns in this artistically sophisticated piece. It is the creation of the second-generation master Hanashyo craftsman, Ryuichi Kumakura.
This grape-colored vase, created by Hanashyo’s second-generation master, has a tall, thin modern design.
Five Old-Fashioned Glasses
Five glasses have been created to show, in an intuitive way, the five steps involved creating old-fashioned glasses, from the uncut plain glass to the finished product.
Grinders are essential tools for creating Edo Kiriko glass. Hanashyo handles every process, from cutting to polishing, in its own workshop.
Edo Kiriko Hanashyo
During the postwar reconstruction period, Mokichi Kumakura set up an Edo Kiriko workshop in Kameido in 1946 (Showa 21). His successors Ryuichi and Setsuko Kumakura, who hoped to charm the people with the technique passed down from the Edo Period, opened a gallery in the corner of their workshop and started making their own. Their high-level skills and unique designs earned good reputation, were chosen as a gift at the Hokkaido Toyako Summit (G8 Summit 2008).
Photo by GION
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