Eiko Emori with glass

Craft Boston: Holiday

An online show at Craft Boston from 11 November until 8 January. Go to https://societyofcrafts.
to see my pâte de verre work.

Some of my glass work are on display for purchase at Galerie Old Chelsea in Chealsea, Quebec; at Delilah Hillside in Wakefield, Quebec; Foyer Gallery in Nepean; and Ottawa School of Art Gallery in downtown Ottawa.

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, heopen studioating 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 was revived in France in the early 1900s.
      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

Recipient of Crafts Ontario 2021 Pattie Walker Memorial Award in Architectural Glass and Ontario Arts Council Individual Craft Project Grant.
  Education: Master of Fine Arts degree, Yale University, New Haven, USA; National Diploma in Design, Central School of Arts & Crafts, London, England.
  Memberships: Royal Canadian Academy of Arts; Society of Graphic Designers of Canada.