One of the few hana kiriko workshops in Tokyo
“Hana Kiriko” is one of the kiriko cut glass techniques from the Edo-period. Manouevering a small diamond as if it were a brush, the artisans draw a picture with watercolor like gradations of light and shade. Requiring specialized techniques and tools, the number of kiriko artisans has been declining year by year.
Meguro Glass Arts and Crafts Co., Ltd. is one of the rare Hana Kiriko cut glass professional studios in Tokyo. Hana Kiriko is individually carved by hand and cannot be produced in mass, but new orders keep coming in for these unique pieces.
Precious memories kept alive, engraved in glass
Kiriko pieces by Meguro-Glass Arts and Crafts always cherish stories. If you look into the glass with an iris drawn on the side, you would also see a Nishikigoi carp swimming freely at the bottom. When the pictures overlap, the glass piece starts weaving a picturesque story.
The bespoke works capture memories of the orderers, such as their grandchildren’s favorite minicars or their deceased dog. In this way, the Hana Kiriko technique brings memories back to life.