Jul 15, 22Event
Masao Kozumi “Danjyu

A solo exhibition featuring glass artist Masao Kozumi will be held at OVER THE COUNTER in Tokyo from Friday, July 29th. We will introduce his new works including “Danjyu,” a traditional stacking box used for serving food, in glass. We will also showcase new works colored in "Kame-nozokiiro*,” a tone that belongs to the Japanese indigo color story. Kozumi’s classic transparent green pieces will also be available. The exhibition pieces will travel to Kyoto, HIN / Arts & Science, and A&S Fukuoka as well. We welcome you to come and visit the exhibition.

The object “Danjyu
This story begins with a 17th-century Japanese Biidoro* glass fragment excavated from the site of a magistrate's office in Nagasaki. The fragment was originally part of the side of a green-tinged danjyu. People who lived an affluent life in the Edo period likely enjoyed summer delicacies in biidoro danjyu as a way to cool down during the hot and humid summer months.
This glass Danjyu, designed and produced by Masao Kozumi using the same mold-blown* technique of the era, expresses the Japanese people’s unchanged view of nature and the sentiment of coolness they still feel when they see glass that resembles the transparent elements of water and ice. The delicate and precise finish of the Danjyu, in which the lid and body are perfectly aligned, offers a glimpse of the artist’s high level of skill and years of experience.

* Kame-nozokiiro (Japanese word for a pale aqua indigo) : The color of a cloth seen through an indigo-colored glass bottle. Also known to be the color of the sky reflected in the water inside a bottle, representing a very pale blue color of indigo dye.
* Biidoro: The name of a mainstream type of glass in 17th-century Japan. Derived from Vido, which means glass in Portuguese.
* Mold blowing: A technique of blowing glass into a mold made of metal or clay.

【How to make your reservation at OVER THE COUNTER / Tokyo】
Reservations will be prioritized on the launch date of the event: July 29th (Fri.)
Reservation window: July 22nd (Fri.) 12:00 noon 〜 27th (Wed.) 19:00
Please send us your request through our general contact form.

*Reservations are not mandatory at OVER THE COUNTER all but the first day of the event
*Reservations are not mandatory for HIN / Arts & Science and A&S FUKUOKA
*Due to the delicate nature of the glass wares, children under elementary school are not permitted to enter this event. We thank you for your understanding.

Masao Kozumi “Danjyu
July 29th (Fri.) ― August 7th (Sun.) 2022 / 11:00 – 19:00
*The shop is closed on Tuesdays
August 5th (Fri.) ― August 14th (Sun.) 2022 / 11:00 – 19:00
*The shop is closed on Tuesdays
HIN / Arts & Science, Nijodori Kyoto
August 11th (Thurs./Holiday) — August 21st (Sun.) 2022 / 11:00 – 19:00
*The shop is closed on Tuesdays
Masao Kozumi is a glass artist born in Kumamoto in 1979. After graduating from Toyama City Institute of Glass Art, Kozumi starts working with glass in Asahimachi, Toyama. He is currently based in Gifu. His nostalgic looking pale green glasses are much thinner than their appearance. Its sophisticated and serene form matches perfectly with Japanese food. Kozumi has produced the glass roundels placed in the shop interiors of HIN / Arts & Science and A&S Fukuoka.
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