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Minori Takagi

Minori Takagi

Medium: Glass & Jewellery
Location: Vancouver, BC
Member Since: 2013

Minori Takagi first came across Japanese glass beads (called tombodama) at a local gallery in her hometown of Shizuoka, Japan in 1997. She was so impressed by their subtle colour and delicate design that she immediately took her first bead-making class at a local studio. Using colourful Japanese glass rods, she learned the basics of tombodama. The lessons were only twice a month, but her skill and creativity soon became apparent. That initial spark of interest in making tombodama has since developed into a life-long passion for the art form.

In addition to spending countless hours in the studio refining her craft, she has also participated in numerous workshops both in Japan and North America. Most memorable were the ISGB Gathering in Washington, D.C.; The Best Bead Show in Tucson, Arizona; and the International Lampwork Festival in Kobe, Japan.

Minori moved to Vancouver in 2006 where she continues to use a range of traditional Japanese glass-making techniques to create her own style of glass beads and jewellery.

“I work over a propane torch to create all of my glass beads. My designs are influenced by my Japanese heritage and the beauty of my new surroundings in the Pacific Northwest. I have always been fascinated by the endless possibilities that come from heating and shaping glass from its molten form. My work is all about detail and intricate design. Each glass bead is a small universe. With each new creation I strive to make something that is new, fresh and inspiring.”

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