Etsuko Nishi Art Glass Sculpture, Japan, c. 2005, pate de verre cast glass, two nested oval forms, unsigned, ht. 7 1/4, wd. 18 1/2, dp. 5 1/4 in.
Note: Taking nature as her inspiration, Etsuko Nishi creates pieces that can be viewed as abstract sculptures or inspired floral forms. Nishi's seemingly simple, flowing forms belie the intricate process of constructing them. One of the pioneers of the rebirth of interest in the oldest form of glass, pate de verre (glass paste), Etsuko's success in creating complex forms previously impossible in this medium are the result of over ten years of study and experimentation that took her from Seattle, Washington, where she began her study of glass, to France, Australia (Canberra School of Art), and England (Royal College of Art). Over the course of this time she developed and perfected a unique ceramic fiber mold technique for kiln casting.
It could be said that Etsuko adheres to the Japanese fascination with exploring the limits of any material, be it clay, glass, or flowers. Her work is not unrelated to the Japanese art of Ikebana, in which the art of floral arranging is based on realizing the inherent beauty of each flower and its natural disposition, rather than subjecting it to artificial, predetermined design formulas.
Nishi's work is in the permanent collections of museums throughout the world – Japan, Australia, Germany, Denmark, France, and the U.S.
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