Kurumi Conley - Kiln formed glass
Kurumi was born in Kyoto, Japan, and studied ceramic, textiles and glass at Joshibi University of Art and Design in Japan, and has resided and worked from her home studio in Portland, Oregon since 1995. She makes traditional Japanese textile patterns with powdered glass, etched on small panels of glass, layered and kiln-formed. Some pieces use recycled bottles by crushing and kiln-forming into leaf shapes. Statement: My artistic output is not confined to Japanese themes or tastes, but it is born of the culture of my hometown and is linked to tradition by the themes and patterns I employ, such as animals, flowers, and leaves. Attention to detail is another hallmark of my style that relates to the traditional arts and crafts of Japan. My colors also follow the seasons, and range from muted to bold and bright.

My artwork manifests in many shapes, sizes and forms. I manipulate the material in multiple steps. Glass panels are hand-cut to make parts, torch-worked,  kiln-formed,  crushed in a mortar, designs etched, sifted and fused onto panels.  Features are cut again before assembly and fusing. Most pieces are fired once more on a form to shape, and finished by hand.  Some work is fashioned from recycled glass. Studio powered with renewable energy since 1999.