Masakichi Awashima (1914 – 1979) Japanese Glassware Designer

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Vegetable Dish 1955Designed by Masakichi Awashima
Vegetable Dish 1955Designed by Masakichi Awashima

“Dripping Water” process

Masakichi Awashima (1914 – 1979) was a Japanese glassware designer.

After studying design at the Japan Art School in Tokyo, Awashima worked for artisan Kozo Kagami, who had studied Western glass methods in Germany from 1935 to 1946. In 1946, he became director of the Hoya glass factory’s industrial arts section, where he stayed until 1950 when he formed the Awashima Glass Design Research Institute. He invented mould-blown mass production methods and patented the Shizuku (“dripping water”) glass technology in 1954, which has been employed by the Awashima glass firm (established 1956) for its distinctively textured ware ever since. Although it is formed with sophisticated processes and metal moulds, it has the feel and irregular forms of glass made in traditional ceramic moulds. The Invention Society of Japan gave him the Inventor’s Prize in 1956.

Goblet designed by Masakichi Awashima
Goblet designed by Masakichi Awashima


Hiesinger, K. B., & Bill, M. (1983). Design since 1945: published in conjunction with the exhibition “Design Since 1945”, Philadelphia Museum of Art, October 16, 1983 to January 8, 1984.

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