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Contemporary Japanese Glass Sake Set by Okushima Keiji

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A striking sake set by Okushima Keiji consisting of a glass Tokkuri embedded and a glass Guinomi sake cup mixed with porcelain and lacquered inside with silver leaf, each enclosed in their original signed wooden boxes. When I first saw his work, although made of glass, I had the impression that it was made by a potter, and Keiji attempts to bridge these mediums, with the addition of lacquer and gold/silver leaf, applied, baked, charred, to create art works never before seen. The Tokkuri is 15 cm (5-3/4 inches) tall, the cup 7 cm (3 inches) diameter and both are in perfect condition, directly from the artist.
Okushima Keiji was born in Kyoto in 1977, and raised in rural Shiga prefecture just over the mountains from his birthplace. In 2000 he graduated Ritsumeikan University, and entered the Toyama Garasu Zokei Kenkyusho Glass Research Facility, graduating there in 2002. After working in a glass studio for several years, he established his own studio in Shiga in 2010. Since he has focused on the world of private exhibitions as his preferred venue. That said, he has been accepted into the Glass Craft Triennale in 2010, the National Craft Exhibition (Nihon Kurafuto Ten) in 2011, and received the Iwata prize at the Tableware Taishoten in 2012. 2013 saw his work in display in the Lansing At Gallery (US) and in Korea where he would be seen again in 2014 and 2015. From 2016 to 2019 his list of exhibitions is impressive, including exhibitions throughout Japan as well as New York and Korea. Like many artists, he is now recovering from that three year blank left in all our lives by COVID.