Aki Sakaida 'Kuyuri' Vase 9
Maker: Aki Sakaida*
Handmade in Japan
Dimensions: H 14cm x W 5cm x L 5cm
Method: Smoke-stained with burnt wax
Care Instructions: Please note that it is not heat resistant glass.
This elegant cylindrical vase celebrates the simplicity of form and allows a focus on the surfaces' tones and textures. The surface of the glass appears to be brushed by frost, with a subtle glisten. A brown hue is applied through the burning of wax onto the surface of the glass, altering in opacity and seamlessly melding with the white tones of the upper body. The colours and tones speak to a chromatic palette taken from nature, with marks of subtle red to further add complexity. The neck of the vase is formed of transparent glass and creates contrast between the reflective sheen and the matte, rough textured body. The shape and colour seamlessly flow, creating a fluidity of form and poetic expression.
About the Artist
Aki is an artist working with glass who lives and works in Akita City. She graduated from Akita Municipal Junior College of Arts and Crafts in 2012 and worked at Toyama Glass Studio for 5 years before moving back to her hometown. In her sixteenth year of working with glass, she has participated in many group exhibitions across Japan and the UK.
Her body of work titled ‘Kuyuri’ focuses on smoke-stained with burnt wax which often unintentionally resembles an image of a natural scenery. She hopes that the burn marks from the wax will create an emotional response that resonates with people. Aki’s glass work mediates on the multifaceted forms and chromatic palettes in nature, with richly textured tones.