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Edo Kiriko Sake Glass Set

  • Edo Kiriko (“faceted glass from Edo”) is the traditional Japanese craft of cutting patterns on glassworks. This superb cut-glass art reportedly dates from the Tenpo period (1830-1844) of the Edo period, and by the Meiji period, elaborate cutting techniques known today were already established.No precise draft is used for cutting the glass, and all cut work is done by hand. During the first phase of production, only grid guidelines are drawn (waridashi) on glassware such as a drinking glass, plate, or vase. Edo Kiriko artisans determine design patterns by incising the glass surface with a diamond wheel, using horizontal and vertical lines and nodal points as reference. Regardless of final design complexity, Edo Kiriko is cut freehand with minimal guidance.The appeal of Edo Kiriko is found in its detailed handiwork and dazzling sparkle. There are more than 10 kinds of typical cutting patterns, which are combined to create more complicated designs. These patterns emerge not only on the side of a drinking glass or a dish but also on the bottom.
    Transparent colorless glass was first used in the early artistic development of Edo Kiriko. But gradually, this was replaced by irogise(“color-dressed”) glass featuring a colored layer over a transparent layer. During and after the Taisho period (1912-1926), beautiful contrasting cut-glass works with transparent patterns under a colored layer became the mainstream style. Third-generation Shūseki artist name holder and Edo Kiriko craftsman Toru Horiguchi says, “Artisans of Edo Kiriko from the Edo period up to the present inherited their predecessors’ glass-cutting techniques while further developing design patterns with changing times. For example, minutely detailed red and blue Edo Kiriko cut glass was popular in the later Showa period (1926-1989), but simpler design patterns were more popular during Taisho and early Showa periods (1910s-1930s), and these may look even more modern today. Lately, even black Edo Kiriko works have appeared. Despite dramatically changing times, the essence of Edo Kiriko remains unaltered — cutting the glass, surprising, and enchanting the beholder of the glass. I want to produce Edo Kiriko cut-glass works that match our lifestyles while preserving this essence.”