Ritsue Mishima

Venice, Italy

Glass designer and sculptor Ritsue Mishima was born in Kyoto, Japan in 1962. Inspired by natural forms and light reflections, her exclusively transparent, colorless glasswork is characterized by a sense of both purity and luminosity. Modern interpretations of a thousand-year-old craft tradition, her pieces capture and reflect light and color, thus, in a sense, stepping outside themselves to interact with their surroundings.

Mishima began her career as a stylist for advertising firms in 1982. In 1985, she began creating art installations using flowers, only later developing her fascination with glass when she moved to Venice, Italy in 1989. By 1996, Mishima had dedicated herself to creating glass objects in a Murano furnace, collaborating with master glass blowers Andrea Zilio and Giacomo Barbini. She continues to live and work in Italy.

Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum in Japan and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, among others. In 2001, Mishima was awarded the Giorgio Armani award at the Contemporary Decorative Arts exhibition at Sotheby’s London.