Aki Sakaida

Aki is an artist working with glass who lives and works in Akita City. She graduated from Akita Municipal Junior College of Arts and Crafts in 2012 and worked at Toyama Glass Studio for 5 years before moving back to her hometown. In her sixteenth year of working with glass, she has participated in many group exhibitions across Japan and the UK.

Aki’s forms are made from blown glass rather than molds, making it almost impossible to recreate a piece in the same size. She captures the most beautiful shapes when she does not strive to achieve ‘ideal’ dimensions, valuing the happy accidents when making.

Her body of work titled ‘Kuyuri’ focuses on smoke-staining with burnt wax which often unintentionally resembles an image of a natural scenery. She hopes that the burn marks from the wax will create an emotional response that resonates with people. Aki’s glass work mediates on the multifaceted forms and chromatic palettes in nature, with richly textured tones.

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