Passing on the traditional technique of hand-polishing, Kiyohide's glassware possesses an intriguing shine that captivates the beholder. As a certified member of the privileged Edo Kiriko Cooperative Association and a nationally acclaimed craftsperson, Kiyohide presents us with the utmost refined and sophisticated designs in the art of crystal glassware.
Kiyohide Glass is led by the master craftsperson, Kiyohide. After graduating from high school, he underwent 15 years of training before establishing his own glassware workshop. He was trained under his master from the age of 18 and has earned the recognition and title of "Edo Kiriko Craftsperson."
The most sophisticated and delicate designs and patterns are created with unparalleled mastery and effortless ease, a truly remarkable skill. Acid polishing also allows for more intricate and free designs. Kiyohide, on the other hand, also excels at careful hand-polishing, which enhances the brilliance of his work. While most Edo facet craftsmen use chemical polishing with acid, Kiyohide's hand-polishing gives off an unparalleled brilliance.
Fine Exquisite Patterns of Glass
The Cutting Procedure is done by pressing the glass onto a spinning metal disk and cutting out patterns. To carve out the patterns all around the glass, it requires not only precision but confidence and experience to be able to make perfect shapes on curved and edged surfaces.
Traditional Hand Craft and the Creativity of Acid Polishing
Hand polishing the glass, once a prevalent technique among Edo Kiriko craftspersons, has become less common due to its delicate and time-consuming procedure of numerous polishing processes; the glass is polished using cerium and wooden spinning disks as the craftsperson meticulously traces the patterns to enhance its shine.
On the other hand, the modern technique of acid polishing involves submerging cut glass in an acidic solution, resulting in a finish akin to hand polishing. This method facilitates more detailed and intricate designs that might be challenging with hand polishing. While Kiyohide values his hand-polishing skills, he also sees potential in acid-polished glassware, enabling him to delve into intricate designs and focus on precision cutting.
“Celadon Tobikanna” Series
The signature series of Soryu Kiln is the “Celadon Tobikanna” series. The final achievement of Soryu Kiln’s desire to incorporate the prestige of celadon porcelain into the scenes of familiar tableware. The unique blend of pigments in the kneading process of the clay results in the profound and gentle warmth of turquoise glare on the charming plates and drinking ware. The beauty of the porcelain is given a touch of folk craft, with its skillful addition of geometric groovings, where the grooves are both pleasant for the eyes and for your hand to hover and grasp. The rim of the plates and cups reveal the red clay, giving a contrast between the luminous and smooth celadon and the rustic and stony texture of clay. A blend of precious high art of oriental porcelain and the more intimate feel of daily tableware and cuisine. The series comes with a whole variety of tableware from dishes of all sizes as well as drinking ware.