KOTANI SANZO, GLASS BLOWER (Kurashiki Glass)
Kotani took on the challenge in his own special way, never once asking a single person for advice in the 35 years that followed. The costs of this approach included numerous disappointments and some serious burns, and it was 15 years before he felt confident in his work. Kotani is a true fundamentalist, so rigid and uncompromising that, no matter what you think about the wisdom of his method, he commands a deep sense of respect.
The works themselves, whether they be bottles, cups, bowls or jugs, are beautiful. The shapes are soft, much of the glass is foggy, and most of the colors are not very bright, adding to the warmth of the pieces. Indeed, the slight imperfection you can see in each piece makes it more human, increasing its charm.
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