Yoshiaki Kojiro, Japan
Structural Blue, 2015
Glass powder and copper oxide powder
After studying architecture in his hometown of Chiba, Japan, Yoshiaki Kojiro honed his artisanal skills at the Tokyo Glass Art Institute. His disciplined approach to glass-making is infused with his native culture and his propensity for investigation. A musing on the relationship between materials and man, this glass bowl becomes a trophy of experimentation. Blending glass powder with copper oxide, the firing process creates a unique interplay between the melted glass and the gases emanating from heated mineral. The result is an ephemeral glow that creates a withered texture on the lasting form. Transmitting the strength of a ceramic piece made from the delicacy of glass, the rich blue-coloured bowl is a radical, profound and majestic statement.