Homage to the Sassanians

By Designer Glass Studio, Eiko Emori


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After the fall of the Roman Empire, the art of glassmaking left Europe and was carried on in the Middle East. The glassmakers under the Sassanian Empire (224 to 651 CE) in Persia achieved a high plateau of craftsmanship. Their glassware had to travel across deserts and mountains on camels’ backs and across seas in small accident-prone ships. Some of their works are preserved in the original pristine condition in the Shoso-in Imperial Collection in Japan. This bowl is meant to evoke those wondrous vessels the Sassanians made.

Glass (pâte de verre and lampwork)

5 x 5 x 4 inches

About the artist

Eiko Emori is a glassmaker focusing on the pâte-de-verre technique. This process involves making glass sculptures with moulds shaped from wax and encased in plaster. She started learning the pâte-de-verre technique at the Sanko glass factory in Tokyo, Japan in the early 1990s. She is fascinated with the light, colours and translucency the pâte-de-verre technique produces in glass. Eiko received the Pattie Walker Memorial Award recognizing excellence in Architectural Glass from Crafts Ontario in 2021. Eiko studied art at the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London, England, the Académie Grand Chaumière in Paris, France, and received a Master of Fine Arts degree at Yale University. She is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and a Fellow of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada. Eiko is considered to be a most accomplished female graphic designer representing Canada. ...Read MoreRead Less
Media: Glass
Category: Home/Decor

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