Soft and gentle blown glass enriches our daily lives!
The works created from natural glass materials are rich in expression and warm the hearts of those who see and use them.
I breathe life into my work, imagining the mood and comfort of the people who use it.
I hope that I can add color to your life.
|Manufacturer||SUN GLASS STUDIO KYOTO|
|Country of origin||Kyoto, Japan|
|Size||Φ3.93" * H3.93" (Φ10.0*H10.0cm)|
|Electronic Equipment||Microwave oven : X Dishwashing machine : X Direct fire : X IH : X Oven : X,|
|Note||This is not heat-resistant glass. Do not pour boiling water into it or put it in the freezer.|
|Delivery Time||1-2 weeks (if out of stock + 2-3 weeks)|
This glass makes me feel tender
SUN GLASS STUDIO KYOTO
- Taizo Ito
After 15 years of training, became independent in Kyoto
After studying business administration at university, I began studying glass in Otaru, Hokkaido in 1994
In 2007, I created a wine glass for use in a commercial for Mitsubishi UFJ Securities.
After 15 years of training, I established SUN GLASS STUDIO KYOTO in 2010 in Kyoto, my hometown, with the desire to make as many people as possible aware of the appeal of glass and to continue creating glass that enriches our lives.
Since then, I have held solo exhibitions at department stores in major cities across Japan and participated in Paris Design Week.
I have been working vigorously to convey the appeal of glass.
Gentleness and happiness born from soft forms
In creating my works, I try to create works that are easy to fit into people's daily lives so that they can be used all year round regardless of the season.
With the theme of beautiful Japanese scenery, I pursue the beauty that is uniquely Japanese by using gold and silver leaf, while harmonizing the delicacy and profundity of Kyoto.
I would be happy if you could feel the soft form and warmth of glasswork in my works.
The more you use my works with their soft forms, the more you will love them and the more they will make your life a gentle time.
I want to convey the fun of handmade products
I hope that with my work, people will be able to appreciate the fun of "handmade" products created by human hands.
Another characteristic of "handmade" is that no two pieces are the same.
As an artist, it would make me very happy if you could enjoy using these unique charms of "handmade" products as part of your daily life.
We hope you will enjoy them in your own hands.
1999 Asahi Contemporary Craft Honorable Mention
2000 BIAMAGURANKAI3 Honorable Mention
2006 BIAMAGURANKAI6 Excellent Mention
How Japanese Products Can Be Such High Quality
The Reason Japan Can Produce So Many High-Quality Products
To put it simply, it’s because they found a way to produce exceptional products with high efficiency, resulting in surprisingly low prices.
The Japanese Drive for Perfection
The Japanese always seek perfection in both the production process and the products themselves.
As such, the Japanese production process aims to eliminate waste and inefficiencies while guaranteeing quality by having craftspeople inspect their own products and constantly strive to make improvements.
Ingenuity Stemming from the Spirit of “Omotenashi” and “Kikubari”
The Japanese excel at creating and improving things because of their devotion to the ideas of hospitality and attentiveness, known as “omotenashi” and “kikubari” respectively. These ideas push them to uncover, predict, and fulfill their customers’ every need.
This earnestness, as well as how they spare no effort when it comes to offering their customers the very best, is reflected in the products Japan produces.
Trustworthy Suppliers That Deliver On All Fronts
One product is often the result of various organizations joining forces and combining their skills and capabilities.
Japanese suppliers are known for their dedication to delivering high-quality materials, parts, and products on schedule, and it’s thanks to their efforts that Japan can produce such high-quality goods.
The Japanese Are the World’s Most Discerning and Demanding Customers
Many Japanese people have traveled and experienced shopping around the world. This has given them a much more discerning eye for judging the quality of products.
The standards of Japanese people are very high. They are finely tuned not just to the quality, safety, design, and novelty of products, but also to their visual appearance such as their packaging and wrapping.
Made-in-Japan products keep improving in quality in order to meet the rigorous standards of their domestic clientele.
Japan Is Home to Many Long-Established Companies
According to an international survey, Japan has the highest number of companies that have been established over a century ago. In fact, the grand total of 33,076 of such Japanese companies accounts for 41.3% of the total worldwide number of 80,066. The US takes second place with 19,497 companies (24.4%) and Sweden comes in third with 13,997 (17.5%).
Japan also has the highest number of companies that are more than two centuries old, being home to 1,340 such companies, which account for 65.0% of the global total of 2,051. The US takes second place with 239 companies (11.6%), Germany comes in third with 201 (9.8%), and the UK places fourth with 83 (4.0%).
So, Japan is able to produce so many high-quality goods because it’s home to the highest number of long-established companies that have been passing down their knowledge and technical prowess through the generations.
*Source: Based on data from Teikoku Databank and Bureau Van Dijk’s orbis (as of October 2019).
What Makes Traditional Japanese Crafts High Quality
Traditional crafts are the amalgamation of Japanese culture.
“Traditional crafts” is the general term used for crafts that are produced using processes and techniques that have been passed down through generations. In Japan, this includes textiles, dyed goods, ceramics, lacquerware, woodwork, washi Japanese paper, dolls, items for Buddhist rituals, and other goods that enrich our everyday lives.
Traditional crafts are associated with the concept of “the beauty of use”, which refers to products and skills that become easier to use and approach perfection the longer they come into contact with people.
Currently, it is believed that there are approximately 1,300 different types of traditional crafts in Japan.
Among these, 236 crafts have been officially designated as “traditional Japanese crafts” by the Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (as of January 2021).
The main criteria for being recognized as a traditional Japanese craft:
Key Parts of the Production Process Must Be Done by Hand
Traditional Japanese crafts do not have to be entirely handmade, but the underlying process that brings out the product’s unique and distinctive characteristics, such as their quality, form, and design, must be handcrafted.
This guarantees that every traditional Japanese craft is, at its core, a product of human hands, meaning that its size and shape have been designed with human comfort in mind. It also makes the crafts much safer.
The Skills and Techniques Used to Make It Must Be Passed Down for Over 100 Years
The Japanese believe that a technique or a skill can only be considered reliable and complete after it’s been refined through trial and error and constant improvements by numerous craftspeople over a period of at least 100 years.
Skills are closely related to the capability of each craftsperson and precision, and they are something that an individual can refine. Techniques, on the other hand, are associated with the historical accumulation of knowledge, including everything from the selection of raw materials to the production process.
All this said, modern craftspeople don’t just mimic the techniques of the past. Rather, they’re continuously coming up with improvements and developing new ways of doing things without fundamentally changing what makes traditional Japanese crafts unique.
The Skills and Techniques Used to Make It Must Be Passed Down for Over 100 Years
As we can see, the secret to the high quality of made-in-Japan products is the drive of Japanese people for perfection, the adherence to their unique philosophy of hospitality, and their discerning eye that can’t be matched.
Traditional Japanese crafts are one level above normal made-in-Japan products, as they must also meet rigorous criteria such as being handcrafted or made using skills and techniques that have been passed down for at least a century.
Thanks to all of the above, Japanese products have become famous for their high quality all over the world.