grad. ice

The brand grad. brings out the distinctive gradation of Satsuma Kiriko cut glass using simple shapes. Artisans overlay lightly-tinted colored glass in thick layers, and then cut the glass at a depth and width that naturally creates a rich gradation of hues. The contrasting shades of color in the cut sections are accentuated as light filters through the glass; and when filled with water, the elegantly shimmering glass draws you deep into a mystical world.

In the grad. ice, artisans have applied bold cuts into the overlaid glass to produce a drinking vessel that looks and feels solid. You can easily lose yourself in the deep shades and textures visible from the cut sections, and become immersed in the kaleidoscopic and phantasmal images that appear when you peek into the vessel’s base. With an emphasis on balancing radiance and elegance, these versatile drinking vessels can be used for serving alcohol or other beverages when entertaining family or friends.

Each piece has been carefully crafted by artisans using the shaping technique of glass blowing. This technique of layering glass involves placing many sheets of colored glass on top of each other. Even among the cut glass items produced worldwide, it is apparently quite rare for a single studio to complete all the processes in crafting one item – from the layering of hand-blown glass to inserting cuts into it.

“When I encountered Satsuma Kiriko cut glass, I was fascinated by the depth of gradation reflected in and through the glass. The contrasting shades of colour in the cut sections are accentuated as light filters through the glass, and it shimmers elegantly when filled with water. These effects are produced by overlaying lightly-tinted colour glass in thick layers, and cutting the glass at a depth and width that naturally creates a rich gradation of hues. Combining two or three layers of colored glass with transparent glass creates an even more magical world of gradation. I used simple shapes to highlight the allure of Satsuma Kiriko’s distinctive changes in color. I was also truly impressed to see for myself the dedicated and genuine artisans earnestly crafting these items in a studio surrounded by lush green nature. I really encourage everyone to pick up a Satsuma Kiriko glass item and experience its beauty for yourself.”

Product Launch::
2020
Tasks::
Planning & Creative Direction
Product Design
Package Design
Graphic Design
Photographer::
Masaaki Inoue (products)/
Hiroki Isohata (factory) 
Styling::
Yumi Nakata 
Website:
https://grad.satuma-vidro.co.jp/