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Exhibition & Coffee with Japanese Artist, Katsuya Ohgita, July 18, 10:30am

Katsuya Ohgita casts glass into houses in his studio outside of Kanazawa, Japan. The roofs are then painted with gold or silver metallic paint or textured to add “patina”. These are like amulets, waiting to be held, to sit upon your window sill, soaking up and transmitting the warm sun into your life. These are collectible, engaging, and inherently giftable.

Ohgita-san is coming to SANTA FE FOR THE FIRST TIME, and will be with us in the shop for two days, July 18 & 19. We will have coffee and scones on July 18 at 10:30 for collectors to come and meet him, and to hear him speak a little bit about his work.

Small glass houses
Vessels in glass

Glass is a kind of riddle.  It is fragile but strong and bold.  This is true of artist Katsuya Ohgita, creater of these cast glass houses.

Glass starts out as a combination of silica sand, soda ash, dolomite and limestone, is heated through a casting kiln.  We think of glass as something we see through.  These strong house forms are semi-opaque, but we can read into them what we need to.  Having trained in casting metal, he turned to glass to address the riddle: I don’t consider my work to be working with glass. It is working with light, connecting my heart and soul. The best work I can do is to capture a fleeting image that arises, apply my feelings and interest, and create a form from that. I also believe that the true nature of my work is to link that which one sees internally with external objects. How everything I make is perceived depends on the feelings, interests, and sometimes the critical mind of those who see or touch my work, and I want it to be ambiguous enough and free enough to allow different perceptions.”   His Japanese aesthetic purifies the ornamentation down to the simplest of form, while adding the artistic rendering of gold and silver leaf to the rooftops, in some cases.

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