Horiguchi Kiriko: New Ground for Cut Glass

Uniquely rooted in Tokyo, Edo Kiriko is the fine art of cut glass from Edo (the former name of present-day Tokyo). Artisans use abrasive wheels to grind and polish glassware, creating delicate patterns and elegant designs. Of the 100 or so craftspeople producing Edo Kiriko today, many are younger people new to the craft. While they inherit a robust tradition, they are also eager to redefine it. At Horiguchi Kiriko, third-generation master Toru Horiguchi is creating a path for the next generation of artisans – Senna Misawa and Yuki Sakamoto – to flourish and push the boundaries of their craft.

Directed by Toshiyuki Sugai
Interview by David Wang
Videography by Jet Morita
Edited by Stanley Sun
Music by Morishita Camp

Volume 01

October 8, 2021

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