Michiko Sakano, glassblower

Our globes are made in NYC by glass artist Michiko Sakano and her team.

Japanese-born glass artist Michiko Sakano came to New York in 1989 at the age of 19. She was raised in culturally rich Kanazawa on the West Coast of Japan, the only daughter in a family whose business of Kimono-making dates back generations. The influence of traditional Japanese aesthetics — with its emphasis on minimalism, discipline of line, and the rigor of handcraft — shaped Michiko's perspective early and continues to guide her approach to glass today. The vocabulary of her background, now filtered through a lens of Japanese pop and American kitsch, continues to expand through a diversity of form, color, and shape.

Michiko is the founder and co-owner of One Sixty Glass in Brooklyn. She has taught at MIT, the Penland School of Crafts, The Cleveland Institute of Art and elsewhere throughout the US and internationally. Her works have been displayed in galleries and fine art exhibitions in New York, Boston, Mexico, Japan, Canada and France. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Lucky Magazine, House & Garden and Elle Décor, among others. Michiko graduated from Syracuse University in 1993 with a BFA and received a fellowship to attend the Massachusetts College of Art, earning her MFA in 1997.

Michiko loves American football and specifically has developed an obsession for the New England Patriots.

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