Hiroshi Yamano is a Japanese Glass Designer. His glass art shows the creative power of cultural exchange by combining old traditions with new techniques from Japan, Europe, and the United States. It also reflects his own search for experiences that go beyond borders. His pieces often have silvery glass fish that look like they are always moving. They slip in and out of elegant vessel shapes that look like water moving all the time. Referring to the ocean as both a bridge and a barrier between Japan and the West, his art uses the sea as an evocative symbol of the conflicts between tradition and change, isolation and openness – an elemental space that both encloses and embraces the complex dialogues of personal and national identity.
He studied at the Tokyo Glass Crafts Institute until 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. He then went on to study at prestigious schools in the United States and Japan, ultimately receiving a master’s degree in fine arts from Rochester Institute of Technology.
In 1988, Yamano was an assistant at Penland School, Penland, North Carolina.
Yamano was an instructor at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington, five times between 1991 and 2005, along with several other international organisations.
He was a lecturer at the Tacoma Glass Museum in 2006.
Views on Glass
To Yamano, the glass vessel could be both sculptural and beautiful and functional. It also tends to incorporate both the inside and the outside of the piece. Usually, he finds a way to incorporate fish into his glassworks and creates pieces with a great dynamic force for years to come. However, many of his newer pieces are more elegant spherical shapes with a fish drawer over or near them, reflecting both innovation and tradition.
- Work was the subject of an exhibition at 1990 Grohe Glass Gallery, Boston;
- included in 1986 ‘Japan Modern Decorative Art,’ Tokyo;
- 1986 ‘New . Glass from Japan and America,’ Switzerland;
- 1987 and 1990 ‘Glass in Japan,’ Tokyo; 1991 (V) Triennale of the Japan Glass Art Crafts Association, Heller Gallery, New York.
- Received 1989 fellowship of Creative Glass Center of America, Millville, New Jersey.
- The Rakow Commission, an annual award given to a leading glass artist, received in 1991 from The Corning Museum of Glass.
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Museum of Northwest Art. (2021, March 3). Hiroshi Yamano – Bio. MoNA. https://www.monamuseum.org/artist/hiroshi-yamano.
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