T Introduces: The Glass Artists Baku Takahashi and Tomoko Wada Glass melts above 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, at which point it resembles sun-bright lava with a taffylike pull — and often necessitates that its handlers work with a partner, lest one of them get scorched. Fourteen years ago, at Tama Art University in Tokyo, Baku Takahashi and Tomoko Wada paired up in an introductory glass blowing class; they’re still working together today, driven by a shared belief, as Wada wrote in an email, “that glass itself, with its transparency and color, is alluring, so we treat it with importance.” Now 32 and married, they’re considered two of the most exciting glass artists in Japan. After graduating and assisting artisans for a few years, Takahashi and Wada rejected Tokyo’s thriving maker scene for Takahashi’s hometown in Fukuoka Prefecture on the country’s southernmost main island, which is home to rocky beaches and citrus-fruit forests whose mandarin-orange hues are reflected in his work. Here, out of a 1,100-square-foot studio, the duo makes sculptures, wall hangings, pendants and small objects that are distinct to each artist but alike in their focus on what Wada calls “spatiality.” For more than a decade, she’s been iterating upon… Read full this story
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