- Six pieces of about 12” x 14” x 3” each
- Glass (pâte de verre)
- I grew up in a big garden by the sea. In the 13th century, there was an outstanding poet who was, at the same time, the ruler of Japan. I love reading and re-reading his powerful poems of the sea. The rhythmic, dancing, joyous movement of waves resonates not only in me but is translated into the glass pieces I make.
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.