Wind-bells are widely enjoyed throughout Japan especially during the hot and humid summer. The bells will sing the arrival of soothing breeze each time it passes by. These KAGUYA wind-bells are created by blowing hot glass into a cylindrical frame formed by joining bamboos together. All bamboos used in the process, including the clappers, are obtained locally from Oita, Kyushu. The loop at the top is made strong and firm by weaving together the strings used for candle wick and the rectangular wind catcher is dyed indigo using organic Japanese indigo, or orchre or bengala (red iron oxide) through mud dyeing. The soft sound the bamboo clapper makes each time it hits the glass and the random dance of the indigo wind catcher is nothing but delightful. I hope you will enjoy this little harmony of glass, bamboo and wind brought to you through the KAGUYA wind-bells.
Born in 1979, Naruhito INOUE set foot on his path as a glass artist after a mesmerizing encounter to its beauty during his solo trip at the age of twenty. Trained in and outside Japan, he moved his urban studio in 2015 to Kuju Highland (Oita, Kyushu) and began creating pieces which exploited the vast nature that surrounded him. Recent pieces include sculptures and tableware which were extensions of his “Kaguya” series, a creation which imprints on the surface, unique expressions of bamboos used during their production process. From his studio in Oita, INOUE also actively engages in the development of products that appeals local uniqueness and in many collaborations with other artists of different genre.