Glass Art Association of Canada

Eiko Emori

Eiko Emori

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

I started taking pâte-de-verre classes at the Sanko glass factory in an industrial area in Tokyo in the days when there were many glass factories in that particular Ward. My academic degrees and honours are: National Diploma in Design (Central School of Arts & Crafts, London, England), Master of Fine Arts (Yale University, New Haven, USA), member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, Fellow of Graphic Designers of Canada. I have also studied at Académie Grand Chaumière, Paris, France and the Studio, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, USA.

I am fascinated with the light, colours and translucency that the pâte-de-verre technique produces in glass. The author Marshall McLuhan's phrase, “the medium is the message”, describes what I do. I am forever pursuing new expressions of colours, lights and texture, as well as the limits of the technique. It is the challenge that keeps me going.