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Sonoko Matsuda Toki-no-Hako Karahana 2



Handmade in Japan

Dimensions: H 4cm x W 6cm x L 8cm 

Materials: Glass

Method:  Kiln-cast, hand-carved

Care: gently wipe with a soft cloth or brush, not heat resistant 



Presented here is a true testament to the diligence of craftsmanship. Kiln cast and finished by hand through an assiduous and long process of cold working- that is, carving moulding, and sandblasting - this oval box features smooth, opaque black glass and intricate, decorative floral carvings. The lid also harbours two concealed butterflies on the reverse. Intended to hold something precious, Matsuda believes that something ‘precious’ is something that embraces temporality and holds hope for the future: a ring, a stone, a leaf, or even the air, something whose value is not determined by others but reflects a person’s life. Thus, her glass boxes are titled ‘ときの箱 (Toki no Hako) - The Box of Time.’ Matsuda hopes that her ‘boxes of time’ will enhance the lives of their users and encourage them to reconsider things we often overlook.


About the Artist

Working in Kyoto, Sonoko Matsuda is a glass artist who specialises in creating glass boxes that feature meticulously carved intricate designs inspired by nature and are intended to hold precious items.  Matsuda hopes that her ‘boxes of time’ will enrich the lives of those who use them and that these will help them reconsider things we tend to forget. 

Sonoko Matsuda Toki-no-Hako Karahana 2



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