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Soejima Glassware Co., Ltd.

副島硝子工業株式会社

Soejima Glassware had their origin from within Saga clan research laboratory where a glass kiln was set up to produce glass in the middle of the 19th century in Saga Prefecture. However, production of the area had slowly declined. Founded in 1903, Soejima Glassware Co., Ltd. is the only workshop that inherited the techniques and the tradition of Saga glass. At the beginning, they had mainly produced practical items such as dispensing bottles and lamp shades, however, with the changing times, a wave of mechanization rolled onto the industry. It was during that period, that they shifted their business to production of craft products in order to preserve their hand-blown techniques which have been cultivated over the years. It was around 1970, after the current president took over the company that the products of Soejima Glassware came to be known as “Hizen Vidro”. This glass features free-blowing which is a glass forming style by exhaling air into a molten portion of glass without using any mould and their method is designated as an important intangible cultural heritage of Saga Prefecture. Among their Hizen Vidro products, classic “Chirori” (sake pot) and tumblers from their new series are strong sellers. Here, expressions of free form remain apart from mannerism.

江戸時代に佐賀藩の研究所として硝子窯がつくられ、かつては硝子の生産が盛んであった佐賀県。1903年創業の副島硝子工業は、その佐賀硝子の技術を唯一、継承している工房である。創業当初は主に薬瓶やランプのホヤなどの実用品を生産していたが、時代が変わり、世の中に機械化の波が押し寄せてきた。その中で、長い間培ってきた手づくりの技術を守るため、昭和40年頃、現社長の代に工芸品の生産へ移行。副島硝子の製品は「肥前びーどろ」のブランド名で親しまれるようになった。型を用いず、息を吹き込んで成形する「宙吹き」を特徴とし、その技法は佐賀市重要無形文化財に指定されている。酒器「ちろり」のような昔ながらの工芸品や、タンブラーなどの新シリーズが人気だ。そこには、型にはまらない自由なかたちの表現がある。

Flagship Products

Indigo Chirori

藍色ちろり

Ginsai Sake Cup

銀彩千代口

Rainbow Drop-shaped Glass

虹色しずく型グラス

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