Artist & Designer: Yoichi Ohira

Born in Tokyo in 1946, Yoichi Ohira has spent the greater part of his illustrious career as a master glassmaker in Venice. In his own words, "If I might compare myself to a composer...I could then compare Murano glassmakers to singers or instrumentalists."
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He moonlighted in the fashion industry which influenced the stylistic choices of his work

Lived and worked in Venice for nearly 40 years

Awarded the Premio Selezione of the Premio Murano in 1987

I lived in Venice for almost 38 years. Venice is a city built with bricks (opacity) in a watery environment (transparency). The aesthetic sensibility I cultivated in Japan and the one I acquired in Venice blended together to become the language of expression for my creations in glass.

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Yoichi Ohira 1946–2022

Japanese-born Yoichi Ohira’s distinctive stylistic blend inspired by the natural beauty of Japan and traditional Italian glass techniques brands him a major contributor to the narrative of 20th century glass design. In 1969, Ohira graduated from the Kuwasawa Design School in Tokyo and completed an apprenticeship in glassblowing at the Kagami Crystal Company, Ltd. Shortly thereafter, he began working in the fashion industry which directly influenced the balance, elegant shape, and multicolored decorative schemes of his work. From 1973–1978, while studying at the Venice Academy of Fine Arts, his love and talent for Murano glass grew earning him high honors for his thesis The Aesthetics of Glass. In the late 1980s, Ohira began collaborating with Murano master glassmakers and was awarded the Premio Selezione of the Premio Murano in 1987.

Ohira’s work is present in the world’s major collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum New York, and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. He has been exhibited internationally including the Correr Museum in Venice, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, and Barry Friedman Gallery in New York. Yoichi Ohira lives and works in Tokyo.

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