Glassware by Peter Ivy

Glassware by Peter Ivy

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Maxwell Ryan
Apr 28, 2011

Spotted not in Tortoise's online store, but on their blog and only available through their physical store, I thought this was worth knowing about. The line consists of glasses, containers and jars of different sizes. Each one is mouth-blown, slightly greenish color and "very thin and fragile but very special for sure."

Peter Ivy, an American who moved to Japan, started out making glassware in the US, but now lives with wife and family in Japan. In his words:

""For me there is also an ironic side to the possibility displaying works there. When I lived in the U.S. I often made the simplest of works for myself to use at home. I never even



considered trying to sell them there at that time. It would have been impossible as they were too simple for the general market. When I came to Japan I recognized quickly that there was a fit between my own sensibility as a maker and the culture here. I also felt a great curiosity about the sensibility of hand made


items in Japan that I had not discovered in in the U.S. If indeed my work does end up being displayed in the U.S. I really enjoy the idea of it being within the context of "things Japanese.""

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