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Nakashima Yasushi Hand-Blown Glass Bowl 1

Nakashima Yasushi Hand-Blown Glass Bowl 1


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A pool of cobalt floats in the cloudy white center of this black glass bowl by Nakashima Yasushi. Thick glass, it is signed on bottom Y. Nakashima. It measures 8-1/2 x 8 x 4 inches (21.5 x 21 x 10 cm) and comes with a wood placard annotated by his wife. A strikingly similar piece in both design and size is held in the collection of the Ringling Museum, Florida.
Nakashima Yasushi (1938-2017) was born in Hyogo prefecture and graduated the Kyoto Municipal University of Art in 1962. While still at university he was accepted into the Mainichi Kogyo Design exhibition. He began his career as a designer for Hino Automotive, in charge of their top model the Contessa. However dissatisfied with the opportunities there he moved to Nisshin Denki where he headed up the lighting design department. He left Nisshin in 1974, and began his own career as an independent artist, focused on the plastic arts of glass and ceramic while maintaining his contacts in the design world. With his past in lighting, he was innovative in creating works which combined glass, pottery, metal and electric lights. This did not deter him from consulting in other areas of design, and he was awarded at the National Catalog and Poster Exhibition in 1978. Although he would remain unaffiliated, a difficult place to be in group conscious Japan, he would be accepted into many of the National exhibitions including the National Traditional Crafts Exhibition and awarded at a number of important events, including the National Craft Exhibition, National Modern Ceramic Sculpture Exhibition (and the Shigaraki Ceramics Exhibition in 1999. One monumental work stands in the park in Toki City, Gifu prefecture. He is held in the collections of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Ringling Museum as mentioned above, among others.