Yoshiko Nitta is a master glassmaker. From an early age, Yoshiko aspired to work as a craftsman to follow in the creative footsteps of her father, who made umbrellas in Osaka.
While in high school, Yoshiko visited a glass art exhibition in Osaka and fell in love with the glass work of Iezumi Toshio, an internationally renowned artist. After discovering that Iezumi was teaching glass at Kurashiki University of Science and Art, she enrolled in the university to study with him, who became her mentor. At the university, Yoshiko also had the opportunity to take classes with Kodani Shinzo, a famous Mingei glassmaker from Kurashiki.
Graduating from Kurashiki University of Science and Arts in 2000, Yoshiko turned to mouth-blown glassware, using the ancient technique of free-blowing, a time-consuming process that adds charm to her work. Free-blowing does not use molds, so it requires skill and experience to manipulate the shape of the glass using centrifugal force and gravity. The slightly distorted transparency of the blown glass and its slight ripple has a look that is found in the peaceful ripples of the ocean. The effect gives a warm appeal that cannot be replicated in mass-produced works.
Her work is also characterized by a striking contrast between frosted and transparent elements that emphasize the transparency of the glass, revealing the true colors of the objects her cups contain. Yoshiko emphasizes that "transparency is a special aspect of glass that other mediums do not have. So I want to create works that let this characteristic shine through."
Each piece is mouth-blown and then etched.
The detailed engraving of the glass is a hallmark of Yoshiko's high quality work. To do this, she draws fine patterns directly on the surface of the glass with a special resin, which is then sanded. Drawing the patterns takes a lot of time, but the resulting designs are not only very aesthetically pleasing, but they also create grooves that make the containers easier to hold and handle. Her glass cups are lightweight and have thin edges that feel good in the mouth. Yoshiko pays considerable attention to the design and engineering of her work, always striving to meet her requirements. "I want my work to be used every day, so I pay special attention to the thickness, weight and size of my work," Yoshiko explains.
Yoshiko has held numerous solo exhibitions in Japan's most prominent department stores and galleries. In November 2017, over 150 pieces of Yoshiko's glass work were featured at the Collector's Gallery at the Mingei Museum in San Diego, CA.
1976 born in Osaka
Graduated from Department of Art Studies, Kurashiki University of Science and the arts
Taizo Glass Studio, Toyama
Studio Relight, Ishikawa
Makiyama Glass Studio, Ishikawa
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