Edo Kiriko Crystal Sake Glass, Pair
  • Edo Kiriko Crystal Sake Glass, Pair
  • Edo Kiriko Crystal Sake Glass, Pair

The Japanese beautiful Jewel-like cut glass “EDO KIRIKO”

The Edo period of Japanese history was about 180 years ago, and a huge number of the most beautiful crafts that were created during this time as still being taught and created in certain special parts of Japan. One type is called EDO KIRIKO, and is a type of cut glass.

This way of making cut glass was created by the Japanese artist Kyubei Kagaya, who experimented with different ways of working with glass to create this particular design. When Japan started to open up more to the Western world, more people began to realize that EDO KIRIKO was an astounding way to create beauty in glass, and EDO KIRIKO began to become popular in areas beyond the traditional ways of Japan.

This movement of information has gone both ways, as EDO KIRIKO artisans have learned more about Western glass cutting techniques. Combined, the EDO KIRIKO method of glass cutting has taken the very best from both Japanese and Western cultures, and the main characteristics that can be seen within this technique are the Japanese patterns: chrysanthemums, and the hemp leaf.

When you look at a piece of EDO KIRIKO cut glass that has been made by a master, it is hard to believe that it is only glass! They look a little more like jewels, or flowers that have formed from precious gemstones. There is not a single piece of EDO KIRIKO that is not made by hand, and although more than one hundred years of skill goes into each design, there are always modern twists. Wherever you go in Tokyo you may be able to see an EDO KIRIKO artisan at work.

Manufacturing process of crystal glassware

It takes not one, not two, but over twenty different processes before the glassware product is complete; from the preparation of the materials and the tools, to shaping and cutting, through to polishing and other processes. No one can be completely skilled at all of these, so one piece of glass will move from person to person as they collaborate together to create something of true beauty.

You will start with the choosing of the glass materials, to ensure that the glass will be of the highest quality. Then the materials are melted together, in a furnace that could reach temperatures beyond 1400 degrees Celsius. The molten glass will be removed on a stainless steel blowpipe, and it will get larger the more glass is added onto it. After the glass has been shaped into the design that they want, the glass has to be cooled over several hours so that it does not cool too quickly, and crack.

Now the cutting process must begin. This is done incredibly slowly so as to make sure that every detail is done perfectly and accurately, and one small mistake could mean that the whole process has to be started all over again. Different cuts will make different designs, and diamonds are used for precision and mastery.



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