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Biography: Masahiro Sasaki

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Masahiro Sasaki

Tensei, a Japanese concept similar to metamorphosis or reincarnation, is at the center of Masahiro Sasaki’s work. He is fascinated by the collaboration of artist and glass properties to create organic shapes out of an inorganic material. “After sand is transformed into glass under extreme heat, I guide it to form a shape,” said Sasaki. “I sandblast this glass, and a part returns to sand.”

Sasaki studied glass art at Aichi University of Education and Toyama Institute of Glass Art. After working at Utatsuyama Kogei Kobo as studio coordinator, he taught glass art at Osaka University of Arts and Nagoya University of Arts. Currently, he teaches at Aichi University and has headed the glass program there since 2008. Sasaki has won a number of honors, including the award of Grand Prix' from the Exhibition of Contemporary Glass Koganezaki 2009. His work was featured in New Glass Review 30 and 31, and has been exhibited and collected nationally and internationally. Most recently, he taught at the China Academy of Art and the Rochester Institute of Technology.

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