Glasses that glow, polished to perfection. Haruya Hiroshima may be known for his cuts, but it’s the polishing process that produces the glow of his work. He creates for those who take pleasure in drinking–tea or spirits–but it’s also about place. Since he was young, Hiroshima has been fascinated with bars and their shelves of bottles, and specific glasses for particular drinks. This inspired him to design his own creations. His prolific production entails drafting the design, cutting, and polishing. He polishes cut-lines with a grinder one by one, a technique he learned while studying with a Czech Republic artisan at Toyama City Institute of Glass Art.
Layer Water Glass
BY Haruya Hiroshima
Criss-crossed in an elegant diamond and star pattern of hand-cut lines, the Layer Water Glass is part of Japanese artisan Haruya Hiroshima’s sparkling, celebratory Layer glassware collection. The collection design is inspired by the traditional, ancient Japanese pattern of woven nets, which has connotations of connection and catching happiness. Hiroshima graduated from Toyama City Institute of Glass Art in 2003 and has since been creating his own line of glassware, hand-cutting and polishing each piece to create glasses that glow with perfection.