artist spotlight
Masahiro Sasaki

share your creative practice:
in conversation with Masahiro Sasaki

What does it mean to you to join the North Lands Creative network and be part of building a community for glass?

 

It is creating a platform for the presentation of Japanese glass art movement.

 

Tell us about your work. What influences translate into your art practice?

 

I pursue the possibility of the material’s expression. The greatest features is the organic forms of molten glass that are created by blowing. My process of making works has relevance to ideas in Eastern thought where nature and material are considered matters not to be controlled, but to co-exist.

 

Has this changed the way you approach your work?

 

For my work material comes first. Through a chosen material, I express myself. It is almost an act of becoming one with the material and necessarily considering the material as part of your body. In the Japanese way of thinking, material possesses a soulful character of its own.

 

What initially captured your imagination about glass?

 

The glass blowing technique. The melted glass which move softly and show a sensual expression was amazing and it reminds me of incredible possibility.

 

What’s the significance of the handmade to you?

 

My work is made by picking up the form that was derived from the process of blowing glass in the past. Making experience is very important for me to find what I should make and what I can make.

 

What was your route to becoming an artist?

 

I studied glass art at Aichi University of Education and Toyama Institute of Glass Art. After working at Utatsuyama Crafts Workshop as studio coordinator for five years, I was running hot glass studio for 15 years in Nagoya.

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What is your chosen medium and what are your techniques?

 

glass , glass blowing

 

How would you describe your work and where do you think it fits within the sphere of contemporary glass?

 

My work is the molding expression which is derived by material, technique and the making process. And it is on the context of “Kogei” which is Japanese for arts and crafts. It comes from Japanese aesthetics.

 

Tell us a bit about your process and what environment you like to work in?

 

Currently I am glass blower. So I prefer working with team in a hot shop.

The blowing process which need the teamwork is so exciting.

 

Who do you look up to when it comes to aesthetics?

 

Michael Rogers, He led me how to live as artist. Harumi Nakashima, He makes me realize what is art for me.  Both are living honest in their own desire as artists.

 

What currently inspires you and which other artists do you admire and why?

 

My mom was found the dementia and both of parent have needed care since last year. It makes me think deeply about life and death.  Especially I am interested in the relation between memory and consciousness. Chiharu Shiota inspires me because of it.

 

How are you experiencing the Covid-19 pandemic in your country? To what extent has your everyday life as an artist changed in lockdown?

 

We had most strict lockdown in last spring.  I could finish the cold working in my studio during that period. However many exhibition was  cancelled and we lost the chance to communicate with others. 

Recently we still have lockdown often. It makes us hesitate to plan the new activity.

Masahiro Sasaki

Masahiro is a Japanese glass artist. Currently he is a professor in Aichi University of Education. And He has been the Glass Art Society Board of Directors since 2014.

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