Sky Rose Kiriko Small Plate 5"/13cm
BY Kotoe Tazoe
Each of Kotoe Tazoe’s works begin as a piece of raw, unfinished glass made at a multi-generational glassblowing studio in Tokyo, home to master artisans that specialize in fabricating colored and two-tone glass. She pairs the glass with a traditional kiriko pattern she designs herself, inspired by flowers, kimonos, and other classically Japanese motifs. At her small studio behind a coffee shop in Toyama, Tazoe etches the design into the glass entirely by hand, a meticulous, time-intensive, and exceedingly difficult process she has spent years mastering. Tazoe named this design “Kouka (光華)”, which translates to "Flower Light."