|Born in Shizuoka, Japan, glass artist Minori Takagi began studying Tombodama (glass beads created through ancient lampworking techniques) in 1997. Since moving to Vancouver, Canada in 2006, Takagi has been incorporating new elements into her ancient style. Her jewellery uses soft glass as well as borosilicate glass, a substance more durable than the typical soda-lime variety of glass.|
Takagi’s glass jewellery is widely acclaimed. It won Vancouver Magazine’s 2019 “Made in Vancouver” style category, and it is featured in articles by The Georgia Straight, the Canadian craft magazine Studio, and the book 1000 Beads by Lark Crafts.
Since I was very young, I’ve found enchantment in handmade objects. I discovered glass art growing up in Shizuoka, Japan. I was mostly drawn to Tombodama, glass beads created through ancient lampworking techniques and incorporating two or more colours. By taking various workshops in this traditional Japanese glassmaking style, I developed a life-long passion.
When I moved to Canada in 2006, my style evolved and I began to blend traditional designs with my unique impressions of “west coast modern.” I was captivated by the confidence of Vancouver’s women, the urban glass skyline, and the incredible ocean, forests, and mountains right at the city’s doorstep. By fusing my traditional Japanese techniques with modern Canadian inspiration, I developed a new style of “wearable art.”