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Enjoy the Beautiful Glassworks by ENTRO Glass Studio. See, Feel & Use Wonderful Glass Items in Your Daily Life
post : 2019.09.21 05:00
The flowing curves and the mysterious beauty found in the tenderness of the pieces are simply fascinating. I was already in love with the lovely glassworks the first time I set my eyes on the elegant and attractive pieces.
The artist who creates these delicate and beautiful glassworks is Natsuko Higa, a glass-blower.
Natsuko-san creates her glass pieces every day at her studio in Nago City, situated in the northern region of Okinawa Island. Since she was a child, she was always interested in transparent objects, “like plastic bottles with the plastic labels peeled off. I enjoyed just looking at them, sometimes all day” she says. “I was amazed at how you can see what’s on the other side, but what you see in front of you is distorted,” explains Natsuko-san.
Such a simple yet fascinating wonder as a child led her to pursue the arts, and she went on to a university of arts in mainland Japan after graduating high school. For four years, she spent her time studying in the glass course of her school’s arts and crafts department. Even after graduating, she felt she wasn’t finished learning, so she studied the techniques and styles at various studios across Japan while she engaged in creating her own pieces.
One day, a chance reunion changed everything. She met with Tairiku who was apprenticing as a chef in Tokyo at that time, and who happened to be an old schoolmate from her hometown in Okinawa. As students, neither of them “recall ever talking to each other”, but found that over the course of their lives, they each found dreams and direction that matched the other. It didn’t take long for them to hit it off.
Natsuko-san was always pursuing ways for people “to feel glassware closely in their daily lives.” To that, Tairiku-san suggested ways to “combine glassware and dining”. They felt that by arranging the cooking by Tairiku-san on to dishes made by Natsuko-san, they “can build a relationship that was positive for both of them”. And so, they decided to return to Okinawa together.
At their restaurant, ENTRO soup & tapas, which they opened in 2014, they offer delicious meals prepared by Tairiku-san arranged on beautiful glassware created by Natsuko-san.
Arranged throughout the shop are not just pieces to hold food and beverages, but also lighting fixtures, vases and various other works that you can actually touch and hold. They’re placed so that “it’s easier for people to visualize actually using them at home.”
Shown above are aperitif glasses made for Dear Okinawa, a shop that has a wide selection of merchandise by various Okinawan artists and is situated in Naha Airport. The shorter one is 8cms and the taller one is 9.2cm in height. Despite the small difference in height, the difference in taste when used to drink Japanese sake are big! Natsuko-san experienced that the length (of time) it takes for the sake to flow from the glass and onto the palate made a difference in the taste of sake, and so with the concept of “enjoying the differences in taste according to glassware”, she carefully studied the curves of the glass rims and their angles before she produced these glasses.
These glasses are not only functional, but they are also very beautiful. There’s a vertical design on the lower part of the glass, and the part where you would hold the glass has gold colorings, adding an elegant touch. It would be interesting to taste-test the same sake in these glasses and seeing the differences in dryness and mildness in taste. Currently, Higa-san is studying various types of glassware to match different kinds of beverages, and they will soon be available at Dear Okinawa, so stay tuned.
Creations by Natsuko-san seem to combine reality and fantasy. Although they are solid glass objects, when placed before you, they exude a soft and gentle air that’s both comfortable and comforting. For those of you who feel a little hesitant about using delicate glassware, think again…these are wonderful pieces that will add a special touch to your lifestyle.
ENTRO soup & tapas
Address: 1F of Ryu Heights, 1220-21 Bimata, Nago City, Okinawa
Hours: 12:00 to 15:00 (L.O. 14:30) & 18:00 to Midnight (L.O. 22:00)
Closed: Sundays & Mondays
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Address: 2F Connecting Terminal at Naha Airport, 150 Kagamizu, Naha City, Okinawa
Hours: 7:00 to 20:30
Okinawa CLIP photo writer, Sachiko Tachi