Craft Design Course is the learning and experimenting field to practice monodukuri (creative design and manufacturing) with an aim to create a better living environment, while focusing on five kinds of materials closely related to our daily life. In this economic efficiency-based society flooded with rapid information and excessive goods, Japanese aesthetics, such as respect for nature and design bringing the best of materials, is gathering much attention from the world now.


The course is divided into sub-courses including Woodwork, Metalwork, Glassmaking, Ceramics, and Textile, and students will produce and propose items such as furniture, interior furnishing, accessory, tableware, fabric and others, while exploring possibilities of craft handwork and product design. One of unique characteristics of the course is the joint review and presentation of each assignments attended by all five sub-courses. In addition, social outreach programs, including special lectures given by creators from fields, joint research with companies, overseas workshops, public exhibitions and others, are actively executed, in addition to regular assignments.


After graduation, some of graduates establish themselves as craft artists and fine artists engaging in creative production based on original ideas, while exploring further possibilities of materials and craft techniques. Also, other graduates looks to the diversified society, and take active part in the field of interior / fashion / product designs as designers with expertise and experience in material.


Second Year
Craft Design I: Basic Technique I (hot work I / burner work)
Students learn basic technique of blown glass and basic technique of burner work.
The aim is to master the basic techniques and expand ideas through production of a three-dimensional work using the techniques.

Craft Design II: Basic Technique II (kiln work I)
Production of small electric furnace and study of firing
Students learn basic and necessary knowledge (design quality, functionality and safety) in formative art using glass material, and cultivate a better understanding of the production environment and process.
Students make small electric furnace, learn about various issues (function and mechanism of devices and tools, work environment, and material attributes), and lastly produce a glasswork using the furnace.

Craft Design III: Basic Technique III (kiln work II / cold work)
Students learn basic techniques of kiln work, lamination, and cold work.
Students learn techniques of kiln work, namely fuse, slump and cast and basic molding.
In terms of lamination, students learn plate glass adhesion and basic polishing.
In terms of cold work, students attend special lectures to gain understanding of various techniques such as cut, sandblast and gravure (engraving).

Craft Design IV: Expression Technique Study I (design work/ kiln work III)
In this design assignment, students first learn three methods to cultivate ability to observe and think creatively, which is very important in the process of monodukuri. And they discover particular obsessions and interests based on their own sensitivity, and come up with something that would trigger monodukuri.
Each student produce a “box” while focusing on personal interests and aesthetics.
Here we focus on monodukuri inspired from a sense of value and “beauty” each student acquired by having their senses stimulated.

Craft Design V: Expression Technique II (hot work II)
Students first learn that “Plasticity” , a characteristic property of melt glass, is greatly affected by work time and change of temperature, and that connection between gravity and body is a important factor affecting workability of grass production, and then learn necessary techniques of blown glass.
Students produce tableware that takes advantage of characteristic properties of glass (fluidity, malleability, rigidity, softness, thickness, thinness, transparency, relationship with light, and others ).
The form should be basically symmetrical.

Craft Design VI: Expression Technique Study III (kiln work IV)
Production of flower vase using kiln work
Students first research thoroughly and understand conditions of environment, space, and illuminance in our lives, and various vegetation of each season, and then decide the design and produce the piece. Following “Craft Design IV” in the first semester, students learn more advanced molding techniques using mold. In this class, students are introduced to materials constituting molds such as silicon or wax, which help them to learn more complex molding techniques.
・ Based on the above, students adopt glass molding techniques (fusing, slumping, cast, pâte de verre and others) using a wide range of molds. Relationship between people, object and life are explored based on the theme of flower vase.

Craft Design VII: Expression Technique study IV (hot work III)
This class deals with production of container or object based on the given theme.
The theme is “Transparency in the living environment”.
Each student should ask themselves “what it means to be transparent” and express through fabricating the work using hot work, while learning more applied decorative techniques and expression techniques.

Craft Design VIII: Formative Design Study I (Exploring the three-dimensional form emitting light from inside)

Each student produce a three-dimensional work based on his/ her own theme, while taking into consideration relationship between light and glass.
The aim is to create a work presenting an original “expression of oneself” , while consciously be aware of his/ her own sensitivity. Students should experiment with new ideas while considering the role the material serves in our society.


Craft Design IX: Formative Design Study II (Free-style production)
This class aims to explore one’s own formative design. Each student is expected to find his/ her own theme and study the formative expression through production process.

Craft Design X: Pre-Graduation Work (Free-style Production)
Each student explores a theme of graduation work. Research (collecting materials etc.), study, presentation and production of mock-ups are conducted based on the theme of graduation work.




●Independent artist / designer

●Full-time Position in business
ISHIZUKA Glass Co., Ltd. / Sarue Glass Co., Ltd. / SUGAHARA GLASS WORKS INC. / Takashimaya Co., Ltd. / LIDEA & Co.,Ltd. / SOUVENIR Co., Ltd. / Co.,Ltd. Kay Uno / MOKUMEGANEYA Co., Ltd.

●Workshop staff / Intern
HALI'S Glass Art Studio / Glass Studio Punty / Glass Blowing Studio Fresco / TOYAMA GLASS STUDIO / GLASS STUDIO RIN / Garasukikakusha Associates

●Post Graduate Study
Graduate School of Art and Design, Musashino Art University / Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts / TOYAMA CITY INSTITUTE OF GLASS ART / Tajimi City Pottery Design and Technical Center


RSN JAPAN Co., Ltd. Industrial-Academic Collaboration Project
Chrystal work design contest ⇒ First prize winner’s work is to be commercialized by Nachtmann