Glass Work by Kenji Matsuura
2000 Entered Sugahara Glassworks Inc., workshop of handcrafted glass items at Kujukuri, Chiba Prefecture
Passion for glass, everyday elegance
Only the crystal, very bright, causes fascination for Kenji Matsuura’s glassware. When he creates, the craftsman aims to reveal the glass’s charm through various shapes, curved and comfortable to touch. Indeed, Kenji wants to make glass items accessible to the greatest number, focusing on their functional, comfortable design for everyday use and enjoyment.
All hand and mouth creation
When an image comes to Kenji Matsuura’s mind, he draws it. He then creates the mold on the basis of this new form, and manually prepares fine iron bars, cut and bent to shape the future object. The glass blowing can begin. After cooling the glass, Kenji cuts the beak and balances the shapes by adjusting the iron bars. He repeats the steps of blowing, balancing contours and cooling until he achieves the desired shape, before finally polishing and freezing the glass.
In addition to creating delicate forms, the craftsman brings his final touch, varnishing the beak of gold, or inventing unique patterns carved on the surface, corroded, peeled, or applied with a carved mold at his discretion, kept secret.