Glass Making in Hagi

Hagi glass making has been a celebrated local craft for over 150 years in the north of Yamaguchi Prefecture and more recently nationwide. Tucked away at the foot of Mt. Kasayama the Hagi Glass Art Studio offers a place to discover this fascinating craft first hand by joining in an affordable glass blowing class run by professionals.

Glass Making in Hagi

Hagi Glass Art Studio lies to the east of Hagi city centre in the nature enveloped surroundings of Mt. Kasayama. In around 1859 it was discovered that the region’s abundant basalt rock could be used to manufacture both clear and pale green glass, a craft that was developed over the years. Fujita san opened up the Hagi Glass Art Studio in 1992 as a means of keeping this local craft alive through selling on their products blown in the studio’s workshop and sold on in the adjoining store.

Glass Making in Hagi
Glass Making in Hagi

Run by specialist Hagi craftsmen, the Hagi Glass Art Studio glass blowing experience is an authentic look at the inner workings of the studio’s glass production. The reputed quality of the studio’s glasswork is said to be a result of the local volcanic basalt rocks being heated at 1,520 degrees celsius as opposed to the usual 1,200. Once the glass has reached the optimum heat it’s time to blow it into shape with the one-on-one guidance from the pros.

Glass Making in Hagi

While the studio specialises in glasses, there are also glass jewellery making workshops as well as the chance to try out a different technique called sandblasting where the basalt is replaced with heavily heated sand. Depending on the time of year, participants will either be working with green tinged transparent glass or a special cracked glass with incorporated decorative cracks running through the inside.

Glass Making in Hagi

All sessions take around 20 minutes with the craftsmen guiding you through every step of the process whether you’re a first timer or an amateur looking for some professional advice. Making accessories and sandblasting will set you back 1,550 yen and 3,600 yen for a glass. Before taking your unique piece away the glass needs a day to cool down so it’s suggested that participants either come back the following day or have their glasswork sent on to them within the following week for an extra fee.

Facility Name
Hagi
Address
Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Tsubaki
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
HAGI GLASS Art Studio
Address
Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Tsubaki Higashi Kogenhama 1189 - 453
Phone
0838262555
Hours
9:00-17:00
Closed
open everyday
Parking Lot
Available
Credit Card
Available
Introduction
The HAGI GLASS Art Studio is the only workshop making Hagi Glass in Hagi City. The Studio was established in 1992 with the aim of reviving the tradition of making Hagi Glass, which was first developed in 1859 by Nakashima Jihei, a feudal retainer of the Choshu domain. The HAGI GLASS Art Studio creates a wide range of products that make great gifts, including pale green quartz basalt glassware, 10-sided Hagi facet glass vessels, etc. The Studio also has a classroom where visitors can try their hand at making glassware.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN

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