roka

 “Roka Junsei” 

※Roka: ingle, Junsei: pure blue

 

 “Roka Junsei” means that artistic skills reach the highest level just like the highest temperature when ingle becomes pure blue.The art of Satsuma Kiriko (kiriko: cut glass) born in Kagoshima around the end of time of samurai in the 19th century. The lives of cut glass artisans who still carry on the ephemeral technique are exactly “Roka Junsei.”

Their endless training for honing skills to their limits to pursue expressions of Satsuma Kiriko.

This is the reason why Satsuma Kiriko still fascinates people today.Under the aegis of Nariakira Shimazu, the 28th head of the Shimazu clan, Satsuma Kiriko was born as exports and developed to an advanced industry.

With its roots in Britain, Bohemia, and China, Satsuma Kiriko is receiving a high evaluation in the history of world’s glass artcrafts due to their features such as “gradation” expressing Japanese delicacy.

The technique of Satsuma Kiriko, which was lost once in the turbulent time around the end of Edo Period, was revived since 1985 and Satsuma Kiriko produced in Kagoshima became a world-class brand. In our factory, cut glass artisans with traditional skills are creating works every day.

Message

Welcome to the world of Satsuma Kiriko. Its sparkle, history, and technique are fascinating many people. I am one of those who were fascinated by its attraction and entered a career as a cut glass artisan to be a creator.When a cut glass artisan questions the value of a Satsuma Kiriko that he/she created, the evaluation is made from both inside and outside the artisan. This is why the time for creating works is eternal to cut glass artisans.

Improving the technique up to infinity to seek the highest sparkle called “roka junsei” in their creation. It is an endless challenge for which artisans sacrifice their lives.Our cut glass art studio Deshimaru has cut glass artisans going through such lives. Young artisans who aimed to be a cut glass artisan and became our disciple are also honing their skills here.The technique of cut glass artisans has been taught as a technique for tracing tradition. However, we have been creating new values by our improved technique.

It is reinterpretation of the traditional technique as one that fits in the demand of the time. It is a way to use their lives that has been finally found in this Heisei Period by cut glass artisans who are keeping the tradition.We deliver new sparkle created from their lives to many people.

Cut glass artisan Tsutomu Deshimaru.
切子師 弟子丸 努

 

薩摩切子 グラス

 

Reinterpretation of technique〜From 19th century to today

薩摩切子

satsumakiriko craftmanship

The technique of Satsuma Kiriko with its origin in the 19th century.While upholding the traditional technique, we embodied new values as our product lines with modern innovative expressions.

Each product line reflects a modern Satsuma Kiriko’s world with new sparkle in its tradition and nostalgia.

 

KIRISHIMA KIRIKO:
With contrastive black and transparent faces, these products show new trends of urban Satsuma Kiriko created by modern interpretation.

 

ecoKIRI:
Accessories expressing the sparkle of Satsuma Kiriko in daily life.

 

fusion:
New sparkle created by fusing stained glass with the art of Satsuma Kiriko beyond the category of vessels.

 

Look forward to new values by our “Roka Junsei” techniques.

 

 

Reinterpretation

From 19th century to today

The technique of Satsuma Kiriko with its origin in the 19th century.

While upholding the traditional technique,
we embodied new values as our product lines
with modern innovative expressions.

Each product line reflects a modern Satsuma Kiriko’s world
with new sparkle in its tradition and nostalgia.

KIRISHIMA KIRIKO

霧島切子

Kagoshima is a prefecture keeping the tradition of black color through the ages.Kirishima, celebrating god’s rut and eternal nature, has given us mountain water from its blessings. A new trend of Satsuma Kiriko “KIRISHIMA KIRIKO” was created by careful expression of long history of black color and clearness of water from Kirishima. It is a new world presented by our cut glass artisans in the stage of “roka junsei.”We have two product lines of KIRISHIMA KIRIKO.

*BLACK LINE:This black world, created by delicate black-based patterns and dynamic cutting, has sparkle embracing both grace and edge.

*CLEAR LINE:The water-clear crystal glass has celestial light created by cut glass artisans’ cutting technique and shows sparkle making people forget the time.

 

ecoKIRI

ecoKIRI

ecoKIRI adds the sparkle of Satsuma Kiriko to your daily life. For someone special, special days, and precious memories.

ecoKIRI raises its sparkle in various celebration scenes.

Another important thing is to revive glass waste that had not been able to live as vessels.

Glass waste that is always generated in the production of Satsuma Kiriko is changed into ecoKIRI by cut glass artisans’ technique.

No two are the same because glass waste with various shapes is used.

This is why the encounter between you and ecoKIRI must be a fateful one.

 

 

 

fusion

fusion

It is said that people overlapped their thoughts with the world depicted by light through stained glass from old times.

“fusion” is created from colored glass for stained glass by the Satsuma Kiriko cutting technique.

The light through the cut glass finished by artisans is at the height of delicacy.

When you see the original landscape of Satsuma depicted on “fusion,” your memory awaken by the transmitted light will raise its sparkle.

 

 

 

 

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About us

弟子丸 ロゴ

Beauty of Takumi Glass Studio Deshimaru Co., Ltd.

Established: December 1, 2011
President: Tsutomu Deshimaru
Location: 899-4304 Kagoshima Prefecture Kirishima Kokubu Kiyomizu 1-chome 19-27
Phone number : 810995736522
Mail:info@deshimaru.jp