This exhibition welcomes Kanazawa based glass atelier, factory zoomer, to New York for their first solo exhibition in America. Central to the story is founder Kazumi Tsuji, who created the studio in 1999 and developed its signature style over the years. The factory zoomer collection combines the traditional blown glass-making method with a lengthy process of hand polishing, etching, tinting, cutting, and painting on glass.
As Kazumi Tsuji continues to evolve factory zoomer, she aims to widen the picture of contemporary glass, and to deepen the public’s appreciation and understanding of glass as tableware. With their handcrafted idiosyncrasies, she believes that each piece can create a feeling of joy in the palm of your hand – for example, the ‘Snow Glass’ comprised of hundreds of hand-etched dots, is a form with playfulness embedded within, making the simple act of drinking water more enjoyable.
It is our hopes that as the pieces are placed in more and more households around the world, this sentiment indeed resonates intimately amongst collectors of this special collection.
This exhibition coincides with NYCxDESIGN week and will include a large selection of the factory zoomer mouth-blown glassware collection for purchase. Along with the main collection will be a special series of rock-cut whiskey glasses that we have designed in collaboration with Kazumi Tsuji.
Drinkware, pitchers, bowls, plates and containers will be available, all featuring the studio’s well known hand etched glass, tinted, painted white enamel, and black cut enamel techniques.
Kazumi Tsuji will be bringing confectionaries from her hometown of Kanazawa and a selection of Japanese whiskeys will be provided on opening night.
Music provided by DJ Pablo Luis. Floral design provided by Marisa Competello of Metaflora.
View a recap of the event here.