Horiguchi Kiriko Works

Horiguchi Kiriko Works

Japan Suite is pleased to present a series of Edo Kiriko Glass works by Toru Horiguchi, who works and resides in Tokyo. Edo Kiriko is a traditional Japanese method of creating beautiful cut glass dating back nearly 200 years to the late Edo Period. 

Imagine the glass you are about to drink from in the same way you might look at a beautiful precious stone. As you examine it from different angles, bringing the glass to your mouth to drink, you are presented with a new vision, a new beauty as the angles change. Equally important is how that glass feels in your hand. The artisans carrying on the nearly 200-year old tradition of making Edo Kiriko glassware are well aware of this and strive to create beautiful cut-glass items you can use and enjoy every day. Everytime you look at them, you see them a little differently. Toru Horiguchi, whose beautiful works we proudly offer here, is one such artisan carrying on the Edo Kiriko tradition, while also pushing the boundaries. He strives to create glassware that is beautiful and also feels great to use. Edo Kiriko is characterized by its very precise designs and execution. Horiguchi is exploring new realms here—working to incorporate the abstract into the precise. He says his best creations are inspired by everyday things around him, not by thinking too deeply or profoundly.

Japanese cut glass of the Edo Kiriko style originated in 1834 during the late Edo Period when Kyubei Kagaya, inspired by cut glassware brought to Japan by Dutch traders, originated his own cutting techniques by sculpting glass with emery. This was a peaceful period in Japan, and the new style of glass reflected a country at peace. It is considered playful and something beautiful that can be used every day. The use of glass for everyday things gained much greater popularity in the second half of the 19th century as more and more western ideas came to Japan.

Edo Kiriko is characterized by smooth cuts with rounded edges. This creates glassware that sparkles, glints and shows a different side of its beauty depending on where you view it from. The craftspeople who create Edo Kiriko glassware have taken a technique from abroad and developed a type of glassware that has become a distinct part of the Japanese culture.

Horiguchi’s grandfather, Ichio, who took on the pen name Shuseki, was a skilled master of the Edo Kiriko style. He passed the torch to the second Shuseki - Tomio Suda - who trained Toru Horiguchi, the current third Shuseki. “Succession names” like Shuseki hold great honor and importance for those they are bestowed upon. Horiguchi always is conscious of this honor and the responsibility that comes with it. Only the finest creations are allowed the Shuseki brand, signifying their great beauty and quality. We are inspired by Horiguchi’s dedication and the elegant beauty of his creations.

Rock glasses by Horiguchi Kiriko

Rock glasses by Horiguchi Kiriko

Rock glass #3 and group of Rock glasses, #2, #1 and #4

*This product comes in a beautiful black Kiribako gift box and numbered.

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HK07, HK08, and HK09

Rock Glasses by Horiguchi Kiriko

Rock Glasses by Horiguchi Kiriko

Rock glass #2 — Left

84mm x 88mm    3.3" x 3.4"
$170
HK08

Group of Yorokejima Choko(HK05), Rock(HK11), Tumbler, & Skinny(HK12) — Right
 

Guinomi "Shuseki" Hane & Tabane

Guinomi "Shuseki" Hane & Tabane

Guinomi "Shuseki" Hane
2.4"D 2.24"H 2.7oz  $480

and

Guinomi "Shuseki" Tabane
2.4"D 2.24"H 2.7oz $470

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HK01 / HK02

Guinomi "Shuseki" Hane

Guinomi "Shuseki" Hane

Guinomi "Shuseki" Hane
2.4"D 2.24"H 2.7oz  $480

In this collection, Edo-Kiriko artist Toru Horiguchi expands his work with a more modern artistic style, while staying true to the traditions of the past. This glass displays his new dynamic approach to design, which is not  found in typical/historical Edo-Kiriko. Displaying dynamic bird’s wings hane in flight in deep black, it feels comfortable in the hand, and the view as you sip sake from it is meticulously designed and ever-changing.

*This product comes in a beautiful black Kiribako gift box and numbered.

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HK01

 

Guinomi "Shuseki" Hane

Guinomi "Shuseki" Hane

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Guinomi "Shuseki" Tabane

Guinomi "Shuseki" Tabane

Guinomi "Shuseki" Tabane
2.4"D 2.24"H 2.7oz $470

Tabane literally means batch or bundle. Here, Horiguchi displays the concept of balance and harmony with a dramatic black side devoid of cuts and the other half exhibiting clear glass, cut with parallel lines. It’s very comfortable in the hand, and the light coming in from the clear half creates a striking view inside the glass.
Perfect for sake or as a shot glass.

*This comes in a beautiful black Kiribako gift box and numbered.

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HK02

 

Guinomi "Shuseki" Tabane

Guinomi "Shuseki" Tabane

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Guinomi "Kai" Nanako

Guinomi "Kai" Nanako

2.75"D 2"H 2.7oz  $152

Horiguchi always imagines how the glass might be used. Once it is in the users hand, they will experience strikingly beautiful views. The fine cuts in this glass reflect the light and create a wide variety of changing perspectives.

“Nanako” means fish eggs and is a typical Edo Kiriko pattern. This is one of the simplest patterns in terms of the shapes, but it presents a stout challenge to the artisan’s skills and techniques due to it’s intricate perfection.

*This comes in a beautiful Kiribako gift box.

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HK03

 

Guinomi "Kai" Nanako

Guinomi "Kai" Nanako

2.75"D 2"H 2.7oz  $152

Horiguchi always imagines how the glass might be used. Once it is in the users hand, they will experience strikingly beautiful views. The fine cuts in this glass reflect the light and create a wide variety of changing perspectives.

“Nanako” means fish eggs and is a typical Edo Kiriko pattern. This is one of the simplest patterns in terms of the shapes, but it presents a stout challenge to the artisan’s skills and techniques due to it’s intricate perfection.

*This comes in a beautiful Kiribako gift box.

Product and purchase information, contact Japan Suite.
HK03

Guinomi "Kai" Kakudashi

Guinomi "Kai" Kakudashi

2.75"D 2"H 2.7oz  $67

Kakudashi is the simplest and least polished cut of the Kai series. Kaku refers to angle -- in this case, at the bottom of the glass.  The matte surface imparts a frosty look to this perfect sake glass, which we think has a summery feeling.

*This comes in a beautiful Kiribako gift box.

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HK04

Guinomi "Kai" Kakudashi

Guinomi "Kai" Kakudashi

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Soba Choko Yorokejima

Soba Choko Yorokejima

3.07"D 2.75"H 7.1oz  $73

This glass illustrates the concept of yorokejima, which has various meanings associated with straying from a straight line. Take a close look at the design. From a distance, the lines appear uniform and parallel, but upon closer inspection, each is unique -- like individual stalks of bamboo growing together. A perfect glass for sake or wine, the concept of yorokejima could even take on another meaning here -- to stagger. We love the subtle playfulness.

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HK05

 

Soba Choko Yorokejima

Soba Choko Yorokejima

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