Yoko Yagi became intrigued with kilnformed glass after seeing the work of Klaus Moje. She attended a workshop with Moje in 1998, and later served as his interpreter and assistant in Japan. Obsessed with creating pattern, she began working with murrine, a traditional Venetian glassmaking technique based on cross-sectioned slices of intricately patterned thin glass rods. Yagi creates finely crafted, three-dimensional works inspired by the two-dimensional patterns seen in traditional textiles, knits baskets and kumihimo, the Japanese craft of making braided cords. She currently teaches and exhibits internationally.
Selecting from a multitude of colors and patterns, I can bring limitless variation into this world. It is a slow, laborious and often painful process; nonetheless, every time, I am thrilled to see what kind of scene will appear in the end. - Yoko Yagi