Masao Adachi

Glass bowls with silk yarn patterns
While applying the facet technique, swaying silk fiber patterns are daringly carved freehand to give the illusion of softness to the exquisitely beautiful glass ware pieces. The delicate shine on the surface gives the subtle impression of lustrous silk. To achieve this effect different techniques are used for the inside and outside. Matte black enamel coloring is coated in many layers, and a rough cut surface is left to just the right degree to best show the crystallization of such delicate handwork.



  • Categories
    Other crafts
  • Honors and Affiliation
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association


  • 1969
    Born in Yamagata City, Yamagata Prefecture
  • 1992
    Graduated from the Department of Architecture at Chiba University
  • 1996
    Graduated from the Tokyo Glass Art Institute
  • 2000
    Glass Bowls and Vessels Exhibition (Kakiden Gallery, Shinjuku, Tokyo)(-2005)
  • 2001
    Glass specialist at the Kanazawa Utatsuyama Kogei Kobo(-2006)
  • 2004
    Designed the opening memorabilia for the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art
  • 2007
    Selected for the 54th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition for the first time
  • 2007
    Founded the Adachi Masao Craft Company. Principal-in-charge of ILE8 glass
  • 2008
    Produced the mural at the entrance hall of the Shiozaki Building (Chiyoda, Tokyo)


  • 2000
    Received an Honorable Mention at the Tableware Grand Prix
  • 2009
    Received the Grand Prize at the Tableware Grand Prix
  • 2012
    Received the Incentive Award at the Contemporary Arts of the Tea Ceremony Exhibition -Use and Shape- (Musee Tomo)
    Received the Japan Kogei Association Incentive Award at the 59th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 2015
    Received the Grand Prize at the Tableware Grand Prix
  • 2017
    Received the Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts at the 64th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition