Eiko Emori with glass

Spring Open Studio

I will have the studio open:
• 3 - 7 pm on Friday, 6 May;
• 12 - 4 pm on Saturday, 7 May; and
• 12 - 4 pm on Sunday, 8 May.
at 668 Chapel Street in Sandy Hill (near Mann Ave.)
The studio is well ventilated and open to the outside air.

Craft Award Recipient Group Show

at Craft Ontario Gallery
1106 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario
From 21 October until 13 November 2021

Online panel discussion on October 21st from 7-8 pm

About pâte de verre

Pâte de verre is a very cumbersome process. I try to commune with those ancient craftsmen who toiled away at their craft, gathering sand and chemicals, sculpting vessels with wax, building plaster moulds, losing wax, charging glass powder, heopen studioating the charged moulds with wood fire and then removing the plaster after they cool down. With great sympathy, I have seen a glass bottle from ancient Egypt where the craftsman had got tired of scraping out the plaster from the interior of the vessel and left it in place.
    It is no wonder the technique was completely abandoned for 1900 years. It was revived in France in the early 1900s.
      Fascinated with the earlier works, I decided to invent my own method in pâte de verre, combining different techniques. Even with the help of electricity, computerized thermostat and purchasing of glass powder over vast distances, the process is still very time-consuming and cumbersome. 
              Eiko Emori

open studio