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Kagami Crystal

Kagami Crystal
Field:
Crystal glassware manufacturing and reta
Location:
Ryugasaki-shi, Ibaraki

Kagami Crystal

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Bringing hope and brilliance to your life

Kagami Crystal Co., Ltd., established by Kozo Kagami, opened Japan’s first crystal glass factory in 1934. Since the foundation over eighty years ago our company has developed advanced glass-making skills and techniques including hand glassblowing, manual cutting and engraving for a range of original and high-quality glass products.

Our products are widely used in various official occasions, such as state receptions and foreign dignitaries at the State Guesthouse, as well as at Japanese embassies and consulates around the world. We have received a number of special orders from the Imperial family and are regarded as Japan’s leading supplier of superior glassware.

As Kozo Kagami said; "we should pursue creation of true value and refrain from short-sighted, ephemeral creativity" to endorse the idea of “monozukuri-no-kokoro” or passion for manufacturing excellence. Based on this principle we continue our relentless efforts to enhance our technologies and skills, and commit ourselves to offer products of high standards of technique as well as creativity. We are delighted to bring hope and brilliance to your life by providing long lasting, high-quality glassware.

* You can also order our products that are not on ALEXCIOUS.

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Manufacturing process of crystal glassware

There are more than twenty processes before crystal glassware production is complete, including preparation of glass materials, shaping, cutting, polishing and so on. Skilled glassworkers take responsibility of each process and through the work of many craftsmen, glassware product is completed. The manufacturing process starts with preparation of glass materials that are suitable for shaping by compounding carefully selected, pure raw materials. The compounded materials are melted in a furnace at 1,400 degrees Celsius. A glowing glob of molten glass is taken onto the end of a stainless-steel blowpipe. The glob is grown larger gradually whilst its shape is being adjusted. It is then put into a mold and inflated by blowing a pipe that rotates. Molded glass is very hot and if cooled immediately it could be distorted. In order to avoid it being distorted glass is put in a cooling lehr, where it is cooled gradually for five to six hours. It then processes to cutting. During the cutting process rough sketch (outline)is drawn on the molded crystal glassware with enamel paint and pressed against the edge of a diamond wheel for cutting its surface according to the sketch. Once the line is cut it cannot be undone and extreme concentration and utmost care is required. Various types of cuts are made according to the design. Gradually, a smaller diamond wheel is used for cutting smaller details until the product has been completed.

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Kozo Kagami

Founder
Kozo Kagami

The founder of Kagami Crystal, Kozo Kagami, worked for a subsidiary of South Manchuria Railway Company in the 1920s, when a modern glassware craftsmanship was not yet established in Japan. In 1927 he went to Germany with an aspiration to study crystal glassware processing techniques, especially copper-wheel engraving. After returning to Japan, he established Kagami Crystal Co., Ltd. in Kamata, Tokyo in 1934. It was Japan's first crystal glass factory equipped with an integrated production system. He committed himself for bringing out the full potential of transparent beauty of the crystal glass and succeeded in transforming it into art based on the techniques and skills he had learned, combined with a desire for creating art. His progress was recognized by numerous awards and accolades, beginning with a Silver medal awarded at the Paris World Expo in 1937, a medal of honor at the New York World Expo in 1939, and the Grand Prize conferred at the Brussels World Expo in 1958 to name only a few. Kozo Kagami's life, the company's progress to the present day and the development of high-quality Japanese crystal glass are closely intertwined.

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