American, b. 1986
GRACE OF THE HAIR SPLITTER, 2015
Hot-sculpted and coldworked (polished) glass
A tsuba serves as the handguard of a katana, the long single-edged sword, wakzashi the shorter of the two traditionally used by Japanese samurai. Like the swords, armor, and robes of the samurai, the tsuba functioned as both protection and as a decorative symbol of the warrior’s status . I chose to emulate this in glass because I believe this is representation of how these aren’t meant for use and are purely for aesthetics. I researched and aimed to work with the glass the same way sword makers would with steel. I folded glass blanks and stretched and formed the swords and traditionally wrapped the handles, and the tsubas are carved and polished. These pieces are speaking on fleeting beauty.