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June 7th to 9th 2018
Opening reception 7th 6pm to 8pm

小西潮 潮工房 ガラス作品展
6月7日、8日、9日 2018年
オープニング レセプション 6月7日 6時から8時




Fujiko Enami and Ushio Konishi are a couple who run a glass studio in the Miura Peninsula of Japan.

Three years ago the two had a successful exhibition at the National Museum of Oriental Art in Venice, Italy. The success motivated Fujiko to move to Venice and start living there. Knocking on the door of the Italian glass industry, Fujiko spends her time learning both language and culture.

Left alone at his studio in Japan, Ushio works tirelessly and with passion alongside one assistant.

The two met in college where they both studied at the Toyama City Institute of Glass Art. After graduating in ’93 Ushio moved to Massachusetts and started work at Chatham Glass Company. In ’95 Fujiko moved to the U.S. and started work at the Chatham Glass Company under Jim Holmes as if to chase after Ushio. In 1998, the two returned to Japan and started their own glass studio, USHIO KOBO.



Naturally, Fujiko chose Murrini and Ushio chose Lace glass making; both very different yet Venetian styles. The two have become the best in their respective craft.

Both Lace and Murrini are styles that require time and effort to prepare the materials needed for making glass.
Fujiko’s preferred style Murrini requires a lot of detailed planning before crafting.



Glass of various colors are arranged, overlaid, softened by heat and stretched. Afterwards the glass is sliced into small beads which are known as Murrini. Each piece is then aligned one by one using forceps to form a sheet. This sheet is then heated in a furnace, fused together and finally blown to be shaped. Ushio shaped and sized her working desk in order to allow Fujiko work efficiently.

Today, Ushio is probably working, simultaneously twisting and pulling glass in order to make canes for his next piece, or even fusing the canes into lined sheets and completing the piece itself.
The level of tedious work and effort is shown through both styles and showcases the talent and eye they have for both precision and craftsmanship.

In the past years the two had exhibitions together but this year it is different. His own solo exhibition will put a lot of pressure on him.
The quiet Ushio will be presenting his work for the first time in New York. The reason for Fujiko’s success is the unrelenting support of Ushio. Do not miss out on the pieces produced by the gentle giant, Ushio Konishi.



レースガラスを得意とする潮が冨士子と出会ったのは、まだ学生の頃、富山ガラス造形研究所時代だ。93年に卒業後にマサチューセッツのチャダムガラスカンパニーで働いていた潮を追いかけるように、95年、冨士子も渡米、同じくチャダムガラスカンパニーのジム ホームスの下で働くことになる。


個展であることが、どれだけプレッシャーと感じているだろうか。口数の少ない潮の初のNew Yorkの個展だ。江波冨士子がスター作家であり続ける事が出来るのは、小西潮のサポートがあるが故だ。優しい巨人、小西潮のガラスにかける情熱を見逃さないでいただきたい。