Japan is a country that has four distinct seasons, and the seasons have traditionally been a popular subject in Japanese art. An appreciation of the changing seasons also permeates popular culture, as people take the time to enjoy scenes of natural beauty at different times of the year, to eat seasonal foods and to decorate their homes with objects that reflect the changing seasons.
I, too, have a strong awareness of the natural world that surrounds me. As I grow older, I find myself wanting to spend more time in nature for the peace of mind that it brings to me. I value the simplicity and quiet that I encounter there, surrounded by the beauty of the Japanese landscape.
My art is a reflection of that beauty; nature is the source of my creativity. In my work I want to interpret the feelings and sensations of having a close connection to nature, and through it share the beauty of the changing seasons in Japan with the viewer. ~Hiroshi Yamano
Hiroshi Yamano attended the California College of Arts and Crafts, the Tokyo Art Institute, Penland School of Crafts (where he served as an assistant), before receiving his MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY, in 1989.
He has instructed and lectured throughout the world, including at both the Tokyo Glass Institute and the Pilchuck School of Glass, as well as serving as guest artist in Waterford Crystal in Ireland in 1998. His works are in major collections in Japan, the US, and abroad.
1981 B.A. Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan
1982 California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA, USA
1984 Tokyo Glass Art Institute, Tokyo, Japan
1989 M.F.A. Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, USA
1986 Leon Applebaum Glass Studio, Plattsburg, NY, USA
1988 Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC, USA
1990 Tokyo Glass Art Institute, Tokyo, Japan.
1991 Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA, USA
1994 Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA, USA
2000 Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA, USA
2002 Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA, USA
2003 Chair of Glass Department, Osaka University of Arts, Osaka, Japan
2004 Grand Crystal Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
2005 Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA, USA
2006 - Present Professor of Glass Department, Osaka University of Arts, Osaka, Japan
Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI, USA
Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA, USA
Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY, USA
Gerald L. Cafesjian Museum of Contemporary Art, Yerevan, Armenia
Grand Crystal Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
Kurokabe Glass Museum, Nagahama, Japan
Lowe Art Museum, Miami, FL, USA
Museum of American Glass, Millville, NJ, USA
Museum of Arts and Crafts, Itami, Japan
Rochester Institute of Technology Library, Rochester, NY, USA
Winter Park City Hall, Winter Park, FL, USA
Potash Corporation, Northbrook, IL, USA
Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA, USA
Hotel Murano, Tacoma, WA, USA
1989 2nd Prize, 100 American Craftsmen, Buffalo, NY, USA
1990 Best of Show, Winter Park Festival, Winter Park, FL, USA
1991 Rakow Award, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY, USA
1993 Asahi Newspaper Company Prize, Glass in Japan, Tokyo ,Japan
1994 Town Prize, Japan Modern Glass Art Exhibition, Notojima, Japan
2004 Osaka Prefecture Governor Prize, Osaka Kogei Exhibition, Japan
2005NHK Prize, Osaka Kogei Exhibition, Osaka, Japan
Collaboration Vessel #1, 2017
(with Hiroshi’s friend Sachiko Tuda). Blown and sculpted glass with metal leaf, Japanese ink and paint, 10” x 11” x 9”
From East to West: Nagare #39, 2008
Blown, silver-leafed, electroplated, engraved glass, 13.5 x 9.5 x 5"
From East to West: Nagare #56, 2008
Blown and Hot Sculpted Glass, with Silver Leaf Engraving and Copper Electroplating; cut and polished. 8.75 x 9.75 x 7"
From East to West: Nagare #66, 2008
Blown, silver-leafed, electroplated, engraved glass, 13 x 9 x 4"