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Cutting patterns

Cutting One of the features of Satsuma kiriko is delicately cut patterns, such as latticework and designs made up of small dots, on the surface of the glass. These patterns are made with the use of a wheel. Artisans must have a high level of skill because the glass is cut from beneath and the thickness of overlaid colored layer makes it difficult to see the grinder.   Nanako mon-you (small dots pattern) Kikka mon-you (chrysanthemum pattern) Hakkaku-kagome mon-you (octagonal pattern: literally patterns of bamboo woven baskets) Rokkaku kagome mon-you (hexagonal pattern: literally patterns of bamboo woven baskets) Sayagata mon-you (traditional interlocking swastikas pattern Sasanoha mon-you (bamboo leaves pattern) Kenni    […]

The Characteristics of Satsuma Kiriko

The Characteristics and Techniques of Satsuma Kiriko. While Edo kiriko is usually colorless and transparent cut glass, Satsuma kiriko is primarily overlaid colored glass (irokise). A thick colored layer is blown into a mold and a thin layer of clear glass is blown inside the colored layer. Subtle color graduations are produced by cutting bold designs into the colored layer. This color gradation, called bokashi in Japanese, is the defining characteristic of Satsuma kiriko. The deep and delicate colors of Satsuma kiriko, such as crimson, bronze-red, indigo, green, purple, yellow, and sapphire blue, create an oriental atmosphere, and the color gradations produce the effect of quiet simplicity called wabi and    […]