Detail of two green glass vases with engraved bamboo pattern
Sagano (detail), 2016
Three green glass vases with engraved bamboo patterns
Sagano, 2016

Kyoto: Sagano


The Sagano vessels are named after the Sagano bamboo forest of Kyoto, which is reflected in the colour, form and pattern of the pieces.

The forms of the vessels echo the Japanese concept of wabi sabi, the beauty of imperfection, with distorted, overlapping rims. The internal engraving technique gives the pieces expressive detail and creates light and texture where bubbles are trapped between the layers of glass.

Part of the Kyoto Collection, a series of work is inspired by a visit to Japan in the Spring of 2015, with imagery taken from natural forms, temples and textile designs encountered in the city of Kyoto.