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Overall a) H: 15.9 cm, Diam: 31.1 cm; b) H: 11.3 cm, Diam: 20.5 cm; c) H: 24.3 cm, Diam: 12.4 cm
Not on Display
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16th Rakow Commission, purchased with funds from the Juliette K. and Leonard S. Rakow Endowment Fund
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Yoichi Ohira, who presently lives in Venice, Italy, was born and raised in Japan. He graduated from Tokyo's Kuwasawa Design School in 1969, and moved to Venice in 1973 to study sculpture at the Accademia di Belle Arti. Ohira began working with glass on Murano at the Centro Studio Pittori nell'Arte del Vetro di Murano (commonly known as the Fucina degli Angeli) in 1973. In 1987, he was offered the position of artistic director at Murano's de Majo glassworks, where he worked with some of the island's most accomplished and talented glass masters. In 1992, Ohira left de Majo and entered on a career as an independent artist. In 1993, he began working with the Muranese master glassblower Livio Serena. In 1995, the master glass cutter Giacomo Barbini joined Ohira's artistic team. While glass is a material fairly new to Japan, it is the historic medium of Venice. Ohira is an excellent example of the contemporary artist who does not interpret or adapt Italian techniques but transforms them. He takes his inspiration from both cultures, coaxing the convivial and bright colors of Muranese glass to integrate with the restrained forms of Japanese applied arts, which are quiet, subtle, and grounded in nature. This triptych of vessels is part of the artist's "Canti del cuore" (Songs of the Heart) series. It consists of three forms that represent different elements of the landscape: "Cratere" (Crater), "Lago" (Lake), and "Cascata" (Waterfall). In this work, fused canes, patterned murrine, and inlays are picked up on the blowpipe and blown. Colored glass powders are added during the blowing process. "Cratere" displays the type of murrine that is known as "corazza della tartaruga," or "turtle carapace." The cased, outer surface of "Lago" and "Cascata" are lightly battuto cut. The vessels are displayed with one of Ohira's drawings, which is the design for "Lago."
Ohira, Yoichi (Japanese, 1946-2022), Source
Yoichi Ohira / M. L. Serena / 1/1 Unico / Friday 06-04 / 2001 Murano / [ ]
a) Signature and Date
Yoichi Ohira / M. L. Serena / M. G. Barbini / 1/1 Unico / Friday 18-05-2001 / Murano / [ ]
b) Signature and Date
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Vessels, "Nostalgia". Opaque ivory, white, chestnut, red, transparent blue and purple, aquamarine and black powders; fused, blown, cased, cut, colored powders, inlays. a) Opera N. 1 (Cratere (crater)): Conical shaped bowl with thin red band applied on rim with transparent blob shaped inlays in midst of murrine slices. b) Opera N. 2 (Logo (lake)): Squat cylindrical shape rounding at base edge and at shoulder into short tapering neck with red applied band at rim. c): Opera N. 3 (Cascata (waterfall)): Tall tapering cylindrical form rounding slightly at shoulder into small short tapering cylindrical neck with red applied band at rim.
The Yearning for Venetian Glass: Beauty that Traversed Oceans and Time
Suntory Museum of Art 2011-08-10 through 2011-10-10
50th Anniversary Commemorative Exhibition “Art revisited, beauty revealed” III
Corning Museum of Glass
Changing Exhibitions Gallery
Corning Museum of Glass 2004-03-08 through 2004-10-31
Corning Incorporated Gallery 2005-02-11 through 2005-07-30
2015 Calendar Treasures from the Corning Museum of Glass (2015) illustrated, title leaf, March; BIB# 142518
Contemporary Glass Vessels: Selections from the Corning Museum of Glass (2015) illustrated, p. 40, 174-175 (fig. 88, plate 64); BIB# 149403
Treasures from The Corning Museum of Glass (2014-12) illustrated, March;
The Yearning for Venetian Glass: Beauty that Traversed Oceans and Time (2011) illustrated, p. 117-118;
Recent Important Acquisitions, 44 (2002) illustrated, pp. 244-245, fig. 60; BIB# AI64571
Nostalgia, Opera N. 1 Cratere (2001) : dalla Collezione "Canti del cuore", 2001 (2001)
Nostalgia, Opera N. 2 Lago (2001) : dalla Collezione "Canti del cuore", 2001 (2001)
Nostalgia, Opera N. 3 Cascata (2001) : dalla Collezione "Canti del cuore", 2001 (2001)