Method: Shun Kumagai creates his beautifully anachronistic glass pieces by combining lost wax casting with a coil building technique, traditionally used in with clay. The glass is coloured with natural metal oxides like copper, iron, or cobalt, and traces of clay and earth.
Care: Can hold water. To clean, carefully wipe with a damp cloth
Showcasing charm through characterful shifts in colour, this striking vase is formed of a rounded body that flows outward to a trumpet-shaped neck. With a mainly pale blue colouring, the vessel's interaction with light allows for shifts in intensity to the strokes of green, blue, and grey that ornate the surface. The form finds beauty in the imperfections and indentations with horizontal ridges that follow the shape of the vase. With fluidity in tone and texture, this charming piece invites repeated admiring glances, each time uncovering a new discovery within the surface.
About the Artist:
Shun Kumagai (b. 1983, Akita, Japan) graduated from Akita Municipal Junior College of Arts and Crafts in 2007, before staying on as an assistant. He refined his distinct approach to his material through working as a glass artist at Toyama Glass Studio between 2012 and 2015, before moving to Akita Arya Glass Studio in 2017. Since 2020, Kumagai has run a private working glass studio in his hometown of Akita City, and has exhibited internationally in various cities such as London, Paris and Kyoto.