'Irotemari' (彩手鞠) literally means colourful or vivid hand balls, named after the traditional thread balls produced throughout the centuries in Japan. They are palm-sized hand blown glass flower pots designed with a small hole to showcase the season by placing a single flower or cutting as a display item, either on its own, or in combination with others.
The flower pot is available in Amber or Clear glass variants.
The four seasons are very important in Japan and these are linked with food, giving of gifts and also the designs for the hand-blown glass products of Tsugaru Vidro, produced by a group of artisans in Aomori Prefecture, at the most Northern tip of the main Honshu island. The company history with glass stretches back to 1949 and over the years a range of products were produced, culminating in 1977 in the hand blown glass products still being produced using techniques honed over the years.
While there is an emphasis on tradition, new technologies are incorporated to ensure products incorporate detailed, rich, seasonal colours. As the company states: “Inspired by Japan’s changing seasons, our pieces are known for the friendly warmth they evoke. Our craftsmen create chic vases, stunning ornaments, and gorgeous dinnerware durable enough to use at every meal, with the hope their work will add beauty to your daily life.”