Yoshihiko Takahashi

Yoshihiko Takahashi (b. 1958) studied glassworking at Tama Art University, Japan. After graduation, he completed two years of training in Rheinbach, Germany, before establishing his own studio in Kanagawa Prefecture in 1985. Since then, he has been a leading figure in studio glass, presenting his works mainly through solo and group exhibitions at museums and galleries in Japan and abroad.

COLLECTION (selected)
National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
Glass Museum, Rheinbach, Germany Corning Museum of Glass, New York, US
Musedes Arts Decoratifs, Lausanne, Switzerland

MARCH, San Francisco
Nickey Kehoe, Los Angeles
Turpan, Brentwood

Shortly after he decided to specialize in glass, Takahashi had the opportunity, at the eighth World Crafts Council meeting in Kyoto, to see European and American glass artists at work. Many were members of the first generation of the studio glass movement, through which artists unaffiliated with industrial glass companies began to treat glass as a means of individual expression. It was then that Takahashi realized that glass, like other media, could be “a tool for thought.” He came to understand that glassmaking – the process by which glass fused at high temperatures takes on a three-dimensional form in the brief time before it cools and hardens – is far from a transitory action. It is a way of controlling a host of factors to give ideas form. 

Takahashi thus does not distinguish in his work between the vessel form and the so-called objet, which has no useful purpose. The root form, discovered in the course of creating vessels, provides a sound framework for free creative work, while sensibilities unconstrained by established categories refine the contours of the vessel. Whatever the form, the vital creative process seems to breathe in his work, in the lightness that glass blowing produces and the smooth curving surfaces, their shapes slightly changed by gentle pressure. The unique forms displayed in the exhibition gallery inspire delight and provide a remarkable opportunity to enjoy the dynamism of glass.

excerpt from Takahashi Yoshihiko Goes to the Glass, 2011, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan

name Yoshihiko Takahashi
medium Mouth-blown glass
works in Japan