Minamo Glass by Seiten
These ‘minamo’ glasses are blown individually at the Seiten glass studio in Okinawa.
Minamo is a Japanese word for the surface of water, and the texture here recalls the light as it appears on waves around the Okinawan islands.
Glass of the type made at Seiten by Kiyoharu Matsuda and his team, is known as saisei glass. Saisei literally means ‘reborn’, and in glass it refers to a process to melt and recreate empty drinks bottles into beautiful forms.
Blended for texture and colour, the glass is heated from fragments, before being blown and swirled into new shapes.
These glasses are of a medium size, able to fit easily into most hands, and are a perfect vessel for drinks on a summer’s day.
Saisei glass has deep connection to Okinawa’s post war history, as craftspeople used the materials they could find to create a new lineage in glass. The results today refract sunlight, and seem somehow to encapsulate it within their material.
Kiyoharu Matsuda as a peripatetic artisan in glass on Okinawa, who has now established his home at Seitan, is a representative of this reborn tradition. His items are a pleasure to use.
Material: Recycled 'saisei' glass
Made in Okinawa, Japan
Size: Φ8.2cm x Height 6.7cm approx.
Package weight: 250g