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Pioneering Female Glass Artist Iwata Itoko Chawan Tea Bowl

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A striking glass bowl which defies explanation by important female glass artist Iwata Itoko enclosed in the original singed wooden box. Made like the feathers of a peacock, each blue flourish contains a round bead of air marking the eye of the feather. Incredible! It is 15 cm (6 inches) diameter and in excellent condition. This is a rare opportunity to acquire one of her chawan, as she produced very few and only in the last years of her life.
Iwata Itoko (1922-2008), started working with glass after her marriage to Iwata Hisatoshi, Her works are free flowing ideas with a feminine sense against the backdrop of the international style she acquired while living abroad as a child accompanied with the cultural knowledge cultivated from her childhood. She was born into a privileged family, and from age 4-7 lived in London, very unusual for a Japanese of either sex in the roaring 20s. From 1935 she studied western oil painting under Arishima Ikuma, one of the top painters in Japan at the time. The next decade saw the devastation of war, survival, and the beginning of revival. In 1949 she married Iwata Hisatoshi, the eldest son and heir of the godfather of modern Japanese art-glass Iwata Toshichi. In the late 50s, after working to revive and support the foundry, she began her own line of glass lighting. In 1960 she designed a monumental glass wall for the Takanawa Grand Prince Hotel, which was so well received she was swamped with orders afterward. By the mid 60s she was operating her own glass line and designing glass furnishings, pushing the limits of the medium as well as delving deeply into the possibilities through personal research. In the latter half of her more than 50 years of production, she also challenged herself with tea utensils. In 1984 she sat on the International board of the Pilchuck Glass School, one of the most influential glass schools in the world. Her work is held in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Corning Glass Museum, Denver Museum and Dusseldorf Museum among others. She was given the Lifetime Achievement Award in 19by the American Glass Art Society