Artists Shin-ichi and Kimiake Higuchi integrate into their work a distinctly Japanese aesthetic and their personal responses to nature. Kimiake's work, which includes vases with finely detailed blooms in relief, is inspired by the flowers and vegetables in her garden. "I pick each bloom or leaf in the moment of its prime, and in my hands the plants become glass."
Shin-ichi makes mosaic pieces and covered containers that express his concerns for the environment. Much of his work also seeks to keep alive traditional Japanese motifs and folk stories. A recurring theme in his work is insects. "In our civilization, human ego is destroying so much of nature," he explains. "Some of the most victimized are the smallest creatures. My pieces convey a warning about the insects and also my feelings about their loss."
Today the Higuchis are considered the leading artists working in pâte de verre. "The technique itself is not the ultimate purpose," notes Shin-ichi. "The technique needs the artist's desire to express itself. Those who study the technique deepen and broaden it, and the technique grows. And we learn from that again."
A Members Reception and Open House will be held at 5:00 p.m. to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass. You must be a Museum Member to attend.
The Higuchis will present a free lecture open to the general public at 6:00 p.m. in the Museum Auditorium.