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Yukako is already world renowned at a young age. The improvement in Japanese glass art educational programs in the last decade is to thank for the emergence of young, fresh work like Yukako Kojima’s pieces. Since she was a student at Toyama City Institute of Glass Art in Toyama Japan, she has refined her craft .....

Yukako is already world renowned at a young age. The improvement in Japanese glass art educational programs in the last decade is to thank for the emergence of young, fresh work like Yukako Kojima’s pieces. Since she was a student at Toyama City Institute of Glass Art in Toyama Japan, she has refined her craft and sensibility when working with glass and many have taken notice.

Her beautifully reflective glass art pieces have won special prizes in juried shows all over the world and Palette is pleased to showcase not only her fine art glass sculpture, but also her jewelry. Her oeuvre is simply titled ‘Layers of Light’. Each piece, whether it is jewelry or freestanding sculpture, embodies similar principles of smooth surfaces, basic forms, and complex internal matrixes that reflect the light within and through the piece. Yukako’s intention is to create pieces that urge the viewer to look inside the glass’s matrix instead of remaining on its smooth surface. As she puts it, ‘there’s always a three-dimensional shape inside’. Her assemblage of separate pieces of laminated glass builds a progression in color and density. The outer layers are thin and transparent while the center of each piece is more visually complex, thicker, and exhibits various tonalities.

Working with glass that is generally used for practical purposes, Yukako explores the artistic possibilities of laminated glass. Laminated glass, also called ‘safety glass’ is used for windows in cars, for example. Laminated glass contains a layer of polyvinyl butyral (PVB) in between layers of glass, keeping it from completely shattering when hit. (This is why we see a spider-web-like pattern in cracked windshields). When laminated glass is layered with other pieces of laminated glass, the PVB produces a reflective effect, where surrounding objects and colors are reflected throughout the piece.

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