eiko emori

eiko emori

About pâte de verre

Pâte de verre is a very cumbersome process. I try to commune with those ancient craftsmen who toiled away at their craft, gathering sand and chemicals, sculpting vessels with wax, building plaster moulds, losing wax, charging glass powder, heating the charged moulds with wood fire and then removing the plaster after they cool down. With great sympathy, I have seen a glass bottle from ancient Egypt where the craftsman had got tired of scraping out the plaster from the interior of the vessel and left it in place.
    It is no wonder the technique was completely abandoned for 1900 years. It took too much time and effort. Then, when it was revived in France in the early 1900s, the artists did not see fit to leave records of how they accomplished their wondrous work.
    Fascinated with the earlier works, I decided to invent my own method in pâte de verre, combining different techniques. Even with the help of electricity, computerized thermostat and purchasing of glass powder over vast distances, the process is still very time-consuming and cumbersome. 

Eiko Emori
Designer Glass Studio
668 Chapel Street
Ottawa, Ontario

Telephone: 613-231-2786
e-mail: mail@designerglassstudio

My pâte de verre glass pieces are available from L.A. Pai Gallery (13 Murray Street, Ottawa), General Fine Craft (63 Mill Street, Almonte) and Galerie Elena Lee (4710 St-Ambroise, Montréal). If you wish to purchase any item from the website, please send an email to mail@designerglassstudio.ca.

I am having an open studio at 668 Chapel Street in Sandy Hill on Saturday, 22 and Sunday, 23 April from 10 am till 5 pm. This open studio is a part of the studio tour of the National Capital Network of Sculptors. For the detail of the tour, please see https://sculptureottawa.ca/2017/03/15/sculpture-studio-tour/

I am also showing at an exhibition at the Foyer Gallery from 17 April. Vernissage is on Thursday, 20 April from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The details are at www.foyergallery.com

eiko emori

Recipient of Ontario Arts Council Individual Craft Project Grant.
Education: Master of Fine Arts degree, Yale University, New Haven, USA; Académie Grand Chaumière, Paris, France; National Diploma in Design, Central School of Arts & Crafts, London, England.
Memberships: Royal Canadian Academy of Arts; Society of Graphic Designers of Canada.

For more images, see "Eiko Emori – Pâte de Verre Artist and Designer – YouTube" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=
; "Eiko Emori – Glass Sculptor – YouTube" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuenMQICYuI; "Eiko Emori at Sculpture Exhibition – YouTube" at https://www.youtube.com/
by Liana Voia.