Etsuko Nishi (b.1955) is a Japanese Glass Designer. She makes beautifully sculpted vessels whose calm restraint and delicacy render function obsolete. Two major sources of inspiration have led to her current work: first, an abiding interest in the textile arts of quilting and lacework; second the miraculous cage-cups of Ancient Rome.
Expert in Pâte de verre.
She is a leading expert in pâte de verre, one of the oldest and most difficult glass-making forms. The desired shape is first made of clay, which is used as the basis for the mould. The glass powder is then mixed with a special type of paste, and the mixture is then placed in the mould and then fired. The heat causes the glass to melt and to take shape. It is removed from the mould once it has cooled. Etsuko Nishi uses pâte de verre to create very complex forms, relying on more than ten years of study and years of experimentation with glass. Over the course of her career, she has developed a unique technique for creating her moulds inspired by floral forms.
She studied at the Canberra Institute of Arts to 1990.
Her work included in the 1986 ‘National Glass’ exhibition at Downey Museum of Art in Downey, California.
She has exhibited in permanent museum collections worldwide, including Japan, Australia, Europe and the USA.
1987 ‘Contemporary Glass’ exhibition at D’Erlien Gallery in Milwaukee;
1987 ‘The Art of Contemporary Japanese Studio Glass’ at Heller Gallery in New York:
1988 ‘International Exhibition of Glass Craft’ at the Industrial Gallery of Ishikawa Prefecture, Kanazawa;
1990 ‘Glass ’90 in Japan’ in Tokyo;
1990 ‘Chicago International New Art Forms Exposition’ in Chicago; and
1991 (V) Triennale of the Japan Glass Art Crafts Association at Heller Gallery.
Her work won the 1990 Prize of Australian National University and included in 1989 and 1990 ‘Corning Glass Review,’ Neues Glas journal.
Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing.
Etsuko Nishi. Japanese Glass. https://orderunique.com/pages/etsuko-nishi.
Layton, P. (1996). Glass art. Black. Retrieved from https://amzn.to/3cNYAol.
More Glass Designers
You may also be interested in
Pâte de Verre – art and design term – Encyclopedia of Design
Pâte de Verre (French, “glass paste”) is a material produced by grinding glass into a fine powder, adding a binder to create a paste, and adding a fluxing medium to facilitate melting. The paste is brushed or tamped into a mould, dried, and fused by firing.
Hiroshi Yamano – Japanese Glass Designer. – Encyclopedia of Design
Kiroshi Yamano is a Japanese Glass Designer. He studied at the Tokyo Glass Crafts Institute to 1984 and Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York, to 1989. Yamano was attracted to the medium after seeing a display of Scandinavian glass in Kyoto. Yamano spent some time travelling around Europe before starting to study glass in depth.
Hiroshi Awatsuji (1929 – 1995) Japanese Textile Designer
Hiroshi Awatsuji (1929- 1995) was a Japanese textile and graphic designer: born in Kyoto. He was considered the first Japanese textile designer to be recognised for contemporary design rather than for traditional art and craft. The main characteristic of his work was over sized motifs.
Comments are closed, but trackbacks and pingbacks are open.