History

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    […]

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    […]