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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

    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

    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

    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

    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.

    Hagi
    Address
    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Tsubaki
    Phone
    HAGI GLASS Art Studio
    Address
    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Tsubaki Higashi Kogenhama 1189 - 453
    Phone
    0838262555
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