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Ritsue Mishima: Glass Works Venice

By: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

The Venetian lagoon, with its magical light and rich sea life, and the universe with planets, stars and meteorites are the most important themes in the work of the Japanese designer Ritsue Mishima (Kyoto 1962).

Mishima lives part of the time in Tokyo and part of the time in Venice and is considered one of the most reputable glass designers of the current time. Originally Ritsue Mishima was an interior stylist. Her career as glass designer began in 1996, on Murano, when she began designing her own vases out of dissatisfaction with what was being offered. Since then, Mishima has worked steadily on a body of exceptional, impressive pieces in which her source of inspiration has been the most diverse emotions. Her Japanese background is clearly reflected in these works. Traditional craftsmanship and personal expression play, almost without saying, an important role.

Credits

Courtesy of Hedge Gallery
Camera: Takahiro Kaminokado