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Glass Discussion & Research. NO IDENTIFICATION REQUESTS here please. => New Zealand & Australia Glass => Topic started by: misha on May 10, 2016, 05:34:49 PM

Title: ID help: Bowl - Triangular form - Blue. ID = Kumiko Nakajima
Post by: misha on May 10, 2016, 05:34:49 PM
Interesting bowl acquired last year.
No doubt of Australian production.
Flame polished pontil mark.

Cryptic K or maybe arrow mark engraved with 02 [assuming 2002]

With regards to the 'arrow' mark, it does not appear to be the same style as per last image of square base vase posted here.... or is it the same maker?

All suggestions or leads on mystery ID appreciated, as always.
Title: Re: ID help: Bowl - Triangular form - Blue
Post by: brewster on May 10, 2016, 10:28:04 PM
I don't recognise the signature. I can only remark that your two items were made around 30 years apart, and don't seems to share much styling, so it is probably unhelpful to connect them.

Trevor
Title: Re: ID help: Bowl - Triangular form - Blue
Post by: brewster on May 10, 2016, 10:37:01 PM
Let's make that 20 years apart...

Trevor
Title: Re: ID help: Bowl - Triangular form - Blue
Post by: ahremck on May 11, 2016, 01:13:53 AM
Kumi (Kumiko Nakajima) I believe.  Some photos of a piece I own.

Ross
Title: Re: ID help: Bowl - Triangular form - Blue
Post by: misha on May 11, 2016, 02:48:17 AM
Thanks for the lead on that Ross. 

I can see the possibility of what you suggest.
 The single letter K is a bit 'shorthand' and cryptic to work out alone. I thought a slight chance an even more cryptic 'arrow'. Point taken Trevor - I didn't really understand of the date range Robert marked his so.  More on that in confirmed ID thread.

Form is very different to your bowl, but that can mean little for some artists.

If Kumico, can we assume Australian production with a 2002 date?

Was late and computer a bit muddle headed when I posted [bit slow, random, script error message prone now in fact] and I omitted sizes.

Diameter: 370mm if regarded as a 'clipped' disc.  If not,
Sides: 300mm 320mm, 350mm
High: 85mm
 
Title: Re: ID help: Bowl - Triangular form - Blue
Post by: brewster on May 11, 2016, 03:01:51 AM
The 2002 date is questionable. Her CV online says in 2002 she was an undergraduate student in Japan in "art planning", not finishing her bachelor degree until the following year. It also says she learnt glassblowing 2003-04 in Japan. Her Jam Factory time was 2007-08.

So I suggest if it really is hers, it was probably not made in Australia.

She has a web site with contact facility. Ask her.
http://www.kumikonakajima.com/

Trevor
Title: Re: ID help: Bowl - Triangular form - Blue
Post by: misha on May 11, 2016, 03:21:10 AM
 :D You sniped me on reply there Trevor!

Yeah, I've just had a look at her web site and Bio page would suggest 2002 is too early, unfortunately.

http://www.kumikonakajima.com/bio/

Attempted contact her for any info on this mystery item.


Title: Re: ID help: Bowl - Triangular form - Blue
Post by: ahremck on May 11, 2016, 04:23:52 AM
My bowl is undated so its date is uncertain.  Why are you so certain of its Australian production?

Ross
Title: Re: ID help: Bowl - Triangular form - Blue
Post by: misha on May 11, 2016, 04:46:19 AM
Have doubt now.  :D

Really only an assumption based on found here [most of what I have found locally has been of 'local' production and that it's weight and form being typical of Aus. art glass, I suppose.

Title: Re: ID help: Bowl - Triangular form - Blue
Post by: ahremck on May 11, 2016, 06:39:28 AM
Most times that is fair assumption - unfortunately glass travels some times quite long distances.

Some examples

(1)   A paperweight bought in Bright, VIC some years ago by Josh Simpson a well known US artist.
(2)   Another Paperweight by Michael Bang(of Holmegaard) bought in an op-shop in Melbourne.
(3)   A small vase by Don Richardson(also USA) bought in the bazaar on Philip Island.

Ross
Title: Re: ID help: Bowl - Triangular form - Blue
Post by: misha on May 11, 2016, 01:12:07 PM
Confirmed: Kumiko Nakajima

Ross got it in one. 

Email reply to inquiry tonight.  "Thank you for your email.  In answer to your query, I can confirm that I am the artist of the blue glass bowl in your link."

Now I'm curious about the ,02.  Worth a question I guess.
Move thread to Japan and Aus. section soon?
Awaiting reply on the 02 and 'where at' question.

Very good all round. Thanks for that Kumi and Ross.

Title: Re: ID help: Bowl - Triangular form - Blue
Post by: misha on May 11, 2016, 01:47:51 PM
Maybe it isn't 02 and is OZ
Title: Re: ID help: Bowl - Triangular form - Blue
Post by: KevinH on May 11, 2016, 01:50:54 PM
Good to have a maker ID, but which country forum does this belong under? Is it "New Zealand & Australia" or "Far East (excluding China)". It can't be both!
Title: Re: ID help: Bowl - Triangular form - Blue. ID = Kumiko Nakajima (country?)
Post by: misha on May 11, 2016, 02:04:56 PM
I suggest wait a while till we do a resolved move of thread.
Seeking further info Kevin as to where made, from the artist.


I'd say Japan given her heritage and perhaps preference. Thats respectful.
I can start new thread in Aus. along the lines of Kumi's work in Australia if it is made there.

Notwithstanding the fact the artist may not be regarded as a specific National, it would be good to maintain some connection to Australia for ID and research merit, I'd suggest.

Currently, we do have another Japanese artist who trained and worked in Australia, who has returned to Japan [producing], in the Australian / New Zealand section.

-edit update-

Kumi advises she did not number or date pieces and that she started making them "around 2008 and it is made in Australia."

The last part of engraving needs better photo angle to work out what it is.  Easier due to location on a non-ground field and the tool used. 

I suggest move to 'Far East' [Japan section for reasons above]
I'll also get better image and post new thread in Australian section [for reason also above].

Title: Re: ID help: Bowl - Triangular form - Blue. ID = Kumiko Nakajima (country?)
Post by: brewster on May 11, 2016, 09:08:38 PM
I disagree. The item was made in Australia, by an artist artist lives and works in Australia, and whose main professional training was undertaken in Australia.

I also don't recommend spawning another thread in a different section. Think of the mess if we did that every time we mentioned Sam Herman at the Jam Factory!

Trevor
Title: Re: ID help: Bowl - Triangular form - Blue. ID = Kumiko Nakajima (country?)
Post by: Anne on May 12, 2016, 01:39:46 AM
If the item was made in Australia then that's the forum where it belongs. Putting it Japan would only lead to confusion methinks.
Title: Re: ID help: Bowl - Triangular form - Blue. ID = Kumiko Nakajima (country?)
Post by: misha on May 12, 2016, 07:41:04 AM
OK, take it away.  :)