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Why Satsuma Kiriko is not a traditional craft

Why Satsuma Kiriko is not a traditional craft The reason why Satsuma Kiriko is not a traditional craft. Because the term “tradition craft” is used to refer to more than one type of craft, there is some confusion about its meaning. We would like to explain about those “traditional craft”. Although “traditional craft” is used broadly to refer to a general type of product, there are also “prefecturally-designated traditional crafts” which are unique to certain prefectures and have been made continuously for a specified amount of time. According to the Act on the Promotion of Traditional Craft Industries (Act No.57, May 25, 1974), he Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry    […]

Instruction manual for the use of glass tableware

Instruction manual for the use of glass tableware: Please read carefully before using your glassware. Keep this manual in a safe place. Glass tableware is not heat-resistant, and rapid temperature change can cause damage it. Do not put the glass in boiling water or pour cold liquid into the glass suddenly when it is hot. Do not use on stove top, in microwave or conventional oven, or over an open flame. Cut Glass is fragile and easy to break. Handle it with caution to avoid scratches that may cause breakage and injury. Handle it with caution to avoid scratching or breaking. Broken glass is dangerous. Proper Care for Cut Glass    […]

History of Edo Kiriko

Edo Kiriko was fosterd in the urban culture among the townspeople, and during the Meiji era (mid-19th century), the craft introduced not only Western equipment and instruments, but also their technique while preserving traditional techniques and has been passed down to the present time. First of all, an expert glassblower blows clear glass into a paper-thin shape of colored glass and then rotates this in the air to make the overall form. The result is a two-layer structure with colored glass on the outside and clear glass on the inside. By cutting patterns into the outside surface with different kinds of whetstones, a vivid contrast is created between the colored    […]

Satsum Kiriko Reproduction in Osaka

Satsum Kiriko Reproduction in Osaka Beginning in 1975, Yuri Seisuke from the Kamei Glass Company, Ltd., a glass tableware wholesaler in Osaka, collaborated with researchers and kiriko artisans from various regions in Japan in an effort to reproduce Satsuma kiriko. By 1980, they had succeeded. After Kamei Glass Company, Ltd. closed its business in the mid-1990s, the glass artisans and wholesalers who had been involved in the reproduction of Satsuma kiriko took its techniques and established Satsuma kiriko as craftwork in Osaka. Satsuma kiriko was also reproduced in Satsuma (Kagoshima prefecture) in 1989, and was designated as a prefectural traditional craft by Kagoshima prefecture. Today, authentic reproductions of existing example    […]

History of Satsuma kiriko

Kiriko is the Japanese name for cut glass that has incised ornamentation on its surface. The Shimazu clan (Kagoshima prefecture) began manufacturing Satsuma kiriko in 1846 when Shimazu Narioki (1791-1859), the tenth lord of the Shimazu clan, recruited glass artisans from Edo (Tokyo). Books from Nagasaki that described foreign glass manufacturing techniques were also consulted. Shimazu Nariakira(1809-1858), the eleventh lord of Shimazu clan, also promoted the craft and succeeded in coloring of crimson, indigo, purple, green, and yellow. The beautiful Satsuma kiriko, also called Satsuma garasu or Satsuma biidoro, was a very advanced product for the time. Many noble people loved the glass and sent it as gifts to feudal    […]

Hello SatsumaKiriko world!

At a glance, you will find the shines of Satsuma Kiriko are not as same as normal glasses, because it is a crystal glass. It shines brilliantly. It is not in no way inferior to European cut glasses. Satsuma Kiriko contains a tiny quantity of lead, as the feature of crystal glasses. Because of it, when you hold it on your hand, you can feel the certain weight of the crystal glass. Satsuma Kiriko started from imitating European cut glasses. However most cut patterns of Satsuma Kiriko are traditional Japanese patterns or typical Satsuma patterns, so it has the unique atmosphere different from European glasses. Satsuma Kiriko is a high-quality    […]