The “Laguna Murano Glass,” a long-established Venetian glassworks established 700 years ago.
Venetian glass has long used only very high quality raw materials; in the 14th century, the use of high quality was mandated by the authorities of the time, and quality has been maintained for generations. The workmanship and painting on the glass is done with controlled heat: solidification begins at around 1,200 to 1,400 degrees Celsius, and at 500 degrees Celsius the glass becomes a hard solid piece. During this process, the glass is formed by blowing, etc., and colored with raw materials such as metal oxides and stones. The process is so impressive that the glass changes like a living creature.
Venetian glass is said to have been made on the Venetian island of Murano. The high technology has been further concentrated on Murano and has reached the present day. The quality is extremely strong. Craftsmen must have at least 35 years of experience, and Murano is one of the world’s leading glass artisanal production centers. The product introduced here is a large size with a height of approximately 34 cm and a width of approximately 21 cm, which is impressive.
The item introduced here is Koto-yaki pottery. Koto Pottery was produced by Kinuya Hanbei during the Bunsei Period of the Edo Period. Kinuya Hanbei was a kimono merchant in Hikone Castle Town. After 10 years of trial and error, he developed firing techniques, gorgeous and delicate painting, and a style unique to Koto-yaki, and with the cooperation of the Hikone han (feudal domain), Koto-yaki became the pottery directly operated by the domain. With the cooperation of the Hikone clan, Koto-yaki became a pottery directly operated by the clan. However, when Ii Naosuke was assassinated in the Sakuradamon-oue Incident, political instability and the dispersion of most of the craftsmen forced the closure of the clan kiln and the end of its short history.
This is a high-quality white porcelain with dark and light shades of gosu. The stems, leaves, and petals of flowers and grasses are painted in fine detail.