¡It is a source of great joy that Japan Artcrafts Association has been making progress satisfactorily since its establishment in 1972 and is able to hold its 5th exhibition, ÒGlass in JapanÓ. This Association is not only the only organization of glass art crafts in Japan, but also a unique one in the world, for it cover all areas of glass, whose membership consists of manufacturers, free-lance designers, studio glass-men, glass blowers, and stained glass artists who are working to explore the every possibility of their common material Ð GLASS. Its present membership members 104, including most of the leading glass artists in Japan who work in both industries and art fields making a great contribution to the glass culture. Two years ago the Association held ÒGlass in JapanÓ exhibition in Karlsruhe Museum, West Germany, for the first time in Europe, to promote the international exchange of glass circles. Later it traveled around the Netherlands and Switzerland. The exhibition, for which many of our members sent their works, was a treat success. This time the exhibition is sub-titled ÒQuest for New CreationÓ. The glass circles of todayÕs world are making progress daily exploring works can be found among those presented here in this exhibition. Like the previous exhibition, we have invited five overseas artists to present their works and selected sixty-five overseas artists join them. In addition, this time, the exhibition was for the first time opened for non-member young Japanese to apply for participation. After a strict screening, twenty-one artists were admitted to show their works. I believe that these young artists are the promising talents on whose shoulders rests the future of the Japanese glass. We have also started a system of associate members expecting that these young people will activate the association. Succeeding to the previous, the organizer has provided the Japan Glass Artcrafts Association Prize, along with other prizes from Asahi Shimbun Publishing Co., Suntory Museum and Bridgestone Museum, to be awarded for the excellent works in display. Selections are made from among all the works including those from overseas. We expect as many audience as possible will come and see the contemporary glass works in this exhibition which attracts the attention of the glass circles in the world, so that it could be, we are sure, a really significant event to promote the understanding and development of glass culture of both Japan and the world. I would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan, The Glass Manufacturers Association of Japan, Asahi Shimbun Publishing Co., Suntory Museum, Bridgestone Museum and many other concerned, who have kindly offered their understanding and cooperation in various ways to hold ÒGlass Õ87 in JapanÓ exhibition. We are also grateful to Odakyu Store for offering their hall for Tokyo Exhibition and Iwataya Department Store in Fukuoka where this exhibition is to be held for the first time in Kyushu.
President, Japan Glass Artcrafts Association
@Member of Japan Art Academy
1987 exhibition committee
|¡award works: Japan Glass Artcrafts Association Prize / Asahi Shimbun Prize / Bridgestone Museum Prize / Suntory Museum Prize|
¡Commendatory Prize: left to right
|¡see the invited and selected works from abroad with selected domestic ones on <publications>/ catalogue 87.|