Kirikane Glass Fusion – Kyoto, Japan

Gold patterns in the seamless glass layers.

Akane Yamamoto has achieved to set three-dimensional gold kirikane ornaments as if they were floating in between the glass layers which fully like they were fused together, a kirikane glass technique that many glassmakers experts has been trying to achieve for many decades.

“Utsusemi”, Chapter 3 – H: 19.0 x W: 44.0 x D: 24.0cm – 2019.

Kirikane Glass Incense container “Chrysanthemum” – H: 5.5 × D: 7.0cm – 2017 – Private collection – Photo by Tadayuki Minamoto.

Kirikane is an ornamental technique which consists of cutting gold, silver, copper, tin, and platinum in lines, triangles or squares, applying them in patterns. It is said to have originated in the Orient in 300 B.C. The technique of Kirikane travelled far on the silk road before arriving in Japan in 600 A.D., along with Buddhism, and was mainly applied to Buddhist paintings and decorations.

According to The Japan Times, in the British Museum’s glass collection includes a bowl with gold-leaf patterns that is estimated to have been made around 250 B.C. The gold leaf is sandwiched between two layers of glass, but the layers were never fully fused together like Akane Yamamoto’s creations. After trials and errors, Akane Yamamoto successfully set perfect timing in melting the gold patterns to be in perfect shape in the glass layers. Akane Yamamoto has two upcoming exhibitions featuring her kirikane glasswork:…

“Elegant Luster of Gold: Decoration of Kirikane Technique” at the Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art is scheduled to run from June 20 through July 26. For more information, visit:…

“Contemporary Japanese Crafts: Reinterpretation, Exquisite Craftsmanship, and Aesthetic Exploration” at the Panasonic Shiodome Museum of Art is scheduled to run from July 18 through Sept. 22. For more information, visit

For more information about Akane Yamamoto: Website

Source: Kirikane: The Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts FUREAIKANElegant glassware: A historic fusion of kirikane and glass — Akane Yamamoto Website.