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Biography: Shinobu Kurosawa

Shinobu Kurosawa

Translated literally, the Japanese word tonbodama means “dragonfly ball.” Since 2000, flameworker Shinobu Kurosawa has been making tonbodama beads that depict traditional Japanese landscape and nature scenes in glass. Mountains rising beyond the cherry blossoms and bluebirds hiding amongst the autumn leaves are just a few of the scenes on Kurosawa’s beads. “As a Japanese artist, I feel I’m responsible for passing on this traditional glass art to the future generations,” says Kurosawa. “I hope to capture the wonderfulness of the world and the beauty of Japan in my tonbodama and share them with people from all over the earth.”

Kurosawa earned her art degree from Musashino Art University in Tokyo and she has taught beadmaking at studios in Japan since 2002. Her work has been included in both group and solo exhibitions around Japan.

During her March 2019 residency at The Studio, Kurosawa continued her research on tonbodama and expanded her flameworking skills as she explored new possibilities in Japanese beadmaking.