Artist: Hiroshi Yamano

  • Born in 1956 in Fukuoka, Japan, Hiroshi Yamano has been working with glass for over 25 years. He has studied at prestigious schools throughout the US and Japan, such as California College of Arts and Crafts, Tokyo Glass Art Institute, and Rochester Institute of Technology where he received his Masters in Fine Arts.

Yamano began working with glass in 1975 having seen an exhibition of Scandinavian glass in Kyoto. After traveling to Europe, he returned to Japan to complete his studies. He spent the next two years studying glass. At California College of Arts and Crafts, under Marvin Lipofsky, he learned the creative aspects of glass, and at the Tokyo Glass Art Institute he learned the technical aspects of glass.

Yamano’s list of exhibitions is as impressive as it is international. Venues include the United States, Japan, Switzerland, Germany and Australia. He has received numerous awards, most notably in 1991, The Rakow Commission, an annual award presented to a leading glass artist, from The Corning Museum of Glass. The resulting piece was presented to the Corning Museum of Glass. His work appears in many collections, both public and private, including The Corning Museum of Glass in New York, the Wheaton Glass Museum in New Jersey and the Chrysler Museum in Virginia.

Hiroshi Yamano has been an integral part of a generation of artists who have transformed the glass vessel from a functional to a sculptural form. His vessels are glass canvases for his artistic expression, and in the creation of his work, he has transformed the craft of glass into an art. Hiroshi Yamano has worked throughout the world as an instructor at the prestigious Pilchuck Glass School, as a lecturer at The Glass Art Society conference in Mexico, The Aus Glass Conference in Australia and the Vanersborg Glass Festival in Sweden. In 1998 he was invited to be a guest at Waterford Crystal in Ireland.

  • Rochester Institute of Technology Library, Permanent Collection, Rochester, NY USA
    Wheaton Museum of American Glass, Millville, New Jersey, USA
    City Hall, City of Winter Park, Florida, USA
    Corning Glass Museum, Corning, New York, USA
    The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia, USA
    Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, Wisconsin, USA
    Gerald L. Cafesjian Museum of Contemporary Art, Yerevan, Armenia
    Grand Crystal Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
    Kurokabe Glass Museum, Nagahama, Japan
    Lowe Art Museum, Miami, FL, USA
    Museum of Arts and Crafts, Itami, Japan
    Winter Park City Hall, Winter Park, FL, USA
    Potash Corporation, Northbrook, IL, USA
    Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA, USA
    Hotel Murano, Tacoma, WA, USA

  • 2007 Midland Museum Award of Excellent, 35th Annual International Invitational,
    Royal Oak, MI USA
    2005 Jurors Award Habatat Galleries Michigan 33rd Annual International
    Invitational, Royal Oak, MI USA
    NHK Prize, Osaka Kogei Exhibition, Osaka, Japan
    2005 Osaka Prefecture Governor Prize, Osaka Kogei Exhibition, Japan
    1994 Town Award, Japan Modern Glass Art Exhibition, Notojima, Japan
    1993 Asahi Newspaper Company Prize, Glass in Japan “93, Tokyo, Japan
    1991 Rakow Award, Corning Museum of Glass, New York, USA
    1990 Best of Show, Winter Park Festival, Winter Park, Florida, USA
    1989 2nd Prize, 100 American Craftsmen, Kenan Center, Buffalo, NY, USA