From East to West
Hiroshi Yamano (Japanese, b. 1956)
Japan, Tokyo, 1991
Blown, fused, engraved, glass; pâte de verre base; silver leaf, copper
electroplate, bronze; assembled
H: 72.4 cm; Diam: 16 cm
91.6.12, 6th Rakow Commission
Hiroshi Yamano started his "From East to West" series in the late 1980s, while he was a graduate student at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The symbolic decoration of fish, water, and mountains refers to his dual life as a resident of the United States and Japan.
This Rakow Commission reflects the increasing interest in contemporary glass in Japan. While studio glass developed later in Japan than in the United States and Europe, there are many influential Japanese artists working in glass today.