Mizu no utsuwa (Water Vessel)

Mizu no utsuwa (Water Vessel)

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Object Name: 
Mizu no utsuwa (Water Vessel)
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 9 cm, Diam (max)0.9 cm
On Display
Credit Line: 
Purchased with the assistance of Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser
Web Description: 
Evocative of a clear pool of water in the quiet bend of a stream, this sculpture is characteristically Japanese in its metaphorical equation of glass with water. Toshio Iezumi manipulates light, color, and transparency by stacking sheets of plate glass of different thicknesses. He then glues, or laminates, the layers of glass together, and grinds and polishes the glass with stoneworking tools. As the glass layers thin toward the edge, the material becomes transparent. As the sheets thicken in the middle, the transparency fades into the deep, natural green color of the glass.
Contemporary Art Niki, Source
Greenberg, Daniel, Source
Steinhauser, Susan, Source
Primary Description: 
Natural green tinted float glass, adhesive (photo bond); cut, laminated, ground, polished. Wide, low, solid, almost hemispherical of laminated sheets of glass; top circular surface is polished and distorted by a slight bulge at center, concentric rings created by the laminations are partially visible through top, widest ring is formed by the top (thickest) sheet, exterior has been ground creating matte surface and extremely thin perimeter edge; signature not located.
Glass Weekend
Millville 1995-06 through 1995-06
Jurors' Choice (New Glass Review 33) (2012) illustrated, p. 95, bottom; BIB# AI87132
Toshio Iezumi: Turning Flat Glass into Sculpture (2004) illustrated, p. 8; BIB# AI62529
Some of the Best in Recent Glass (1996-02) illustrated, p. 102, bottom;
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1995 (1996) illustrated, p. 19; BIB# AI95180