Tell us about yourself!
I am Rui Sasaki a Japanese glass artist and educator. I currently live in Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan. I graduated from Rhode Island school of Design and Musashino Art University (Tokyo, Japan). I have been working with glass for more than 10 years and I am currently a member of faculties in Glass at Kanazawa Utatsuyama Kogei Kobo run by Kanazawa Art Promotion and Development Foundation. Honestly, I forgot when I physically began working with glass. However, I have loved and been interested in being under the water since when I was a child. This experience drew me to encounter working with glass because glass is similar to water.
What draws you to the material you work with, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work?
I am interested in the nature of glass and the process of making work with glass. In the process of making my work with glass, I like that glass, especially hotwork, instinctively allows me to collaborate with controllable and uncontrollable phenomena in my work because glass does not allow me to touch directly in making work. In the nature of glass, I am interested that glass can record, capsulate, and preserve all residue and processes. Glass has also the phenomena of ambiguity that are dangerous but protective, fragile but strong, transparent but opaque, invisible but visible and so on.
What themes do you pursue in your work?
My work is about the exploration of discovery of subtle intimacy thorough interplay between body and surroundings. I am recently interested in how I can recover from reverse culture shock in my home country, Japan, through my work.
What is your dream project?
My dream project will be making a large-scale and architectural installation with phosphorescent crystal mixture and collaboration with a work at Kotohira-gu Shrine by Jakuchu Ito who is a Japanese painter.
If you weren’t working in this field, what career would you choose?
I would be working in some field of research such as an archeologist, a botanist, or a chemist.
Why are you a member of GAS?
GAS gives me a lot of information about what is going on in the field of glass around the world. I also like seeing the many interesting projects on the GAS website.
To learn more about Rui Sasaki, or to see more of her work, go here.