Yoichi Ohira



Laguna, 1999
Laguna, 1999
Hand-blown glass canes with powder inserts, polished surface
14.7 x 29 x 29 cm
11.42 x 5.79 in

2001
2001
glass
22,5 x 14 x 14 cm
8.9 x 5.5 x 5.5 in.

Tartarughe vase, 2003
Tartarughe vase, 2003
Hand-blown glass canes with murrine and powder inserts; battuto, inciso, and 'a ghiaccio' surface
20 x 17,8 x 17,8 cm
7.9 x 7 x 7 in.

Murrino Inciso, 2003
Murrino Inciso, 2003
hand-blown glass murrine with granular inserts; carved and polished surface
24,8 x 22,2 x 22,2 cm
9.8 x 8.7 x 8.7 in

Laguna al tramonto Vase, 2008
Laguna al tramonto Vase, 2008
hand-blown glass murrine with granular inserts; carved and polished surface
19,8 x 16 x 16 cm
7.8 x 6.3 x 6.3 in

Cosmos Vase, 2003
Cosmos Vase, 2003
hand-blown glass canes with murrine and powder inserts, polished and ground
20 x 19 x 19 cm
7.9 x 7.5 x 7.5 in

Grappoli di Fiori, 2000
Grappoli di Fiori, 2000
hand-blown glass canes with murrine, inciso with partial battuto surface
20,3 x 13,7 x 13,7 cm
8 x 5.4 x 5.4 in

Vase, 2005
Vase, 2005
hand-blown glass canes with murrine, avventurina, granular and powder inserts; partial inciso and polished surface
23,2 x 36,8 x 23,5 cm
9.1 x 14.5 x 9.3 in

Corono del Fiori Rossi Vase, 2001
Corono del Fiori Rossi Vase, 2001
hand-blown glass canes with murrine and powder inserts, partial inciso and battuto surface
23,5 x 15 x 15 cm
9.3 x 5.9 x 5.9 in

Il lago e le nuvole, 2002
Il lago e le nuvole, 2002
Hand blown glass with murrine and powder inserts, inciso and polished surface
21 x 21 x 24 cm
8.3 x 8.3 x 9.5 in

Murrine Ritorte, 2003
Murrine Ritorte, 2003
Hand-blown glass canes with murrine and powder inserts, inciso surface
26.4 x 25.4 x 23.2 cm
10 3/8 x 10 x 9 1/8 in

Fioiri Verdi, 1998
Fioiri Verdi, 1998
Hand-blown glass canes with murrine and powder inserts
15.2 x 23.5 x 23.5 cm
6 x 9 1/4 x 9 1/4 in

Vessel, 1999
Vessel, 1999
glass
19 x 19 x 19 cm
7.5 x 7.5 x 7.5 in.

Vessel, 2002
Vessel, 2002
glass
23,5 x 24 x 24 cm
9.3 x 9.4 x 9.4 in.




Japanese, born in Tokyo in 1946
Lives in Japan.


Having settled in Murano for more than 35 years, the Japanese glass artist Yoichi Ohira has found an inexhaustible source of inspiration in the small Italian island, and made glass into an infinite territory for his own explorations.
Throughout his career, Ohira has produced an incomparable body of work that encompasses all the traditional techniques of Venetian blown and cold-worked glass. Intentionally detached from any art movement or references, he lays claim to an art inspired by what surrounds him: Venice laguna, the seasons, the windows of Venetian houses.
Although made of cold and hard glass, Ohira’s objects fit comfortably in the hand and their smooth surfaces and curves are appealing to the touch. Inviting the viewer to pick them up, to handle and scrutinise them, each piece has something of the mesmeric quality of a kaleidoscope.
Ohira is a designer not a craftsman. There is no improvisation in his practice. All the pieces exhibited —spanning from 1995 to 2008— are born from sharp watercolour drawings studded with precise instructions for the glass maestri of Murano; those able to make glass look opaque, to take on the aspect of ivory or wood, the texture of a breeze on water, or the sleekness of wax, to imitate the patterns of malachite or marble, to evoke a flower petal, a lichen or a precious stone; that is, the ones able to reach and meet Ohira’s insatiable versatility and demanding imagination.