Satsuma Kiriko

Products sold inexpensively at the online outlet stores

A warning about the products sold inexpensively at the online outlet stores; Many who are interested in buying Satsuma kiriko might see them for sale in outlet stores. There is a reason why these products are sold at outlet stores for lower prices. Sometimes artisans decide to sell imperfect blanks to outlet stores. Satsuma kiriko is produced with use of technique called “irokise” which means overlaid color. The colored overlaid glass of Satsuma kiriko blanks is thicker than that of Edo kiriko blanks, and it is hard to visually confirm air bubbles in the blanks. The products sold at outlet stores have air bubbles which the artisans didn’t notice until    […]

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    […]

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    […]

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    […]