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Eggshell Thin Pâte de verre with Shin-ichi Higuchi, Master Class Series, Volume X
Pâte de verre is a kiln-casting process in which colored powdered glass is packed into a plaster mold, then fired at a high temperature. The result is a relatively thick, somewhat opaque object. This complex method of glassworking is shown in great detail in the earlier video Master Class Series IV: Pâte de Verre with Shin-ichi and Kimiake Higuchi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GouSw...
Here, Shin-ichi Higuchi shows us something similar, yet very different indeed. After years of research and experimentation, he shares with us his rediscovery of a late 19th-/early 20th-century pâte de verre process for making eggshell thin, translucent vessels. Deeply inspired (and challenged) by the work of French Art Nouveau artists François-Emile Decorchemont and Albert Dammouse, Higuchi reveals his creative voice in a very challenging medium.
Filmed at the Higuchis' studio in Japan, Shin-ichi Higuchi methodically leads us through this painstaking, but beautiful process which invites exploration by other contemporary artists.
Pâte de Verre with Shin-ichi and Kimiake Higuchi | Master Class Series, Volume IV
Full video, 30 minutes. This video focuses on two artists from Japan who use the pâte de verre technique to form intimate glass sculptures that express their love of nature. Kimiake Higuchi demonstrates the making of a cabbage leaf, while her husband, Shin-ichi, produces a mosaic piece.
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Publication Date: 1990
His presentation is a technical one, rather than a review of finished work. Most of the lecture is devoted to how to make a mold, mixing the plaster and filling the mold. In the last 10 minutes, he discusses putting the glass in the mold, glass colors, cooling, etc.
Pâte de verre with Kimiake and Shin-ichi Higuchi by
Publication Date: 2001
Filmed at The Studio in August 2000. This video shows the creation of two objects: Kimiake demonstrates how to make a cabbage leaf; Shin-ichi creates a mosaic piece. There are good close-ups, and good descriptions of the steps. The Higuchis speak in Japanese; English sub-titles are used for the translation. Watch an excerpt of this video below.
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