わたしとガラスの
未見に出会う
The Glass and I
Discovering the
future
ABOUT TIGA
Guided by many professionals a strong foundation for a diverse
glass life is laid.
Toyama Institute of Glass Art (TIGA) was founded in 1991 as Japan's first public educational institution specialized in glass art.
Fascinated by the charm of glass, talented students from all over Japan and overseas are studying here in a creative environment with excellent facilities for artwork production. Day after day they work hard to improve their skills and foster creativity with an aim of establishing themselves as professionals. Many of our graduates who studied with us in the two-year curriculums are successfully working as independent artists, as staff members of studios in and out of Japan or as teachers in universities, high schools and technical schools in a wide-ranging field including art, craft, architecture and design.
FEATURES
FEATURES

Five professors including two from overseas teach throughout the year.

TIGA’s environment is ideal for learning new techniques and ideas of global relevance.

Five professors with rich experience teach their subjects of specialization for two years. Two professors from overseas teach through the year, adding an international perspective to the program. TIGA provides an international and highly professional learning environment.

One of the best equipped facilities in Japan and a creative environment abundant in nature.

TIGA has facilities for all specialized areas of glass art. It offers an excellent environment for learning highly specialized techniques. The institute is housed in a building standing at the edge of Mt. Kureha and surrounded by rich greenery, which provides a nice setting for the students to concentrate on the production of glasswork while discovering through the process.

Learning by watching professionals at the adjacent Toyama Glass Studio.

In the Toyama Glass Studio, which stands adjacent to the Institute, the students can watch professional glass artists create their work. It also offers part-time work opportunities for students as well as employment opportunities for graduates. The Toyama Glass Studio rents out equipment at a lower rate than anyone else, which is advantageous for the students who continue glassmaking after graduation.

Learning from artists in active production.

TIGA has a very high teacher/student ratio, which makes students feel close to teachers and allows them to watch teachers producing their work at a close distance from time to time. All the TIGA teaching staff work in active production and present their work in exhibitions and other occasions.
Students also have the chance to talk to artists and curators in various genres who are invited to do special lectures and critiques.

Please note!!

You will need to have a specific level of Japanese language ability to get a student visa. We strongly encourage applicants to obtain the language requirement before applying. You should refer to the homepage of the Immigration Bureau of Japan, and please ask about the procedure and the requirements at your local Japanese Embassy. For more information, please e-mail TIGA.
COURSE OF STUDY
  • Glass Certification
    Studies Program
  • Advanced Research
    Studies Program
  • Visiting Scholar
    Program
Glass Certification
Studies Program
First Year
Students will learn basic theory and techniques of glass art. Emphasis is placed on learning the basic fundamentals of art, such as sketches and designs.
造形科 1年
Second Year
The primary aim in the second year is to cultivate students' individuality and creativity. Students will produce artwork of their own choice. By doing so they will develop skills for giving a wide range of expressions and forms to their work.
造形科 2年
HOTWORK

Hotwork I

In this course students will gain a strong foundation in the hot shop. They will obtain a deep understanding of form and color through demonstrations, lectures and practical training sessions. During the practical training sessions, the students will learn to cooperate with each other and to work as a team. They will gain experience and skills for expressing themselves in the art of blown glass with confidence. Personalized guidance is also provided in order to foster the merits of individual students.

Hotwork I / Boyd Sugiki and Makiko Nakagami

Hotwork II

Students will deepen the understanding of the basic techniques they learned in the first year. In carrying out assigned projects, they will question the characteristics of the material, make experiments and explore new possibilities. Students are encouraged to broaden their ideas and do research actively. In addition to attending demonstrations and lectures, they will engage themselves with molten glass through the production of their work.

Hotwork II / Makiko Nakagami and Boyd Sugiki

KILNWORK
Kilnwork I and Kilnwork II
In the first year of this course, students will learn basic techniques for kiln work (the process of melting glass in an electric kiln) and deepen the understanding of the characteristics of glass. Based on the understanding of the kiln work techniques and material characteristics they acquired in the first year, students in the second year will create their own work, mindful of a particular area (modern art, sculpture, craft, design, architecture, etc.). Students and teachers together will explore new possibilities of glass art through the production of assigned projects.

Kilnwork I and Kilnwork II / Koichi Matsufuji

COLDWORK
Coldwork I and Coldwork II
In this course students will learn refining, sculpting, and decorative applications of glass. They will learn techniques through practice in the first year while focusing on conceptual exploration and logical thinking in the second year in order to establish their individuality and professional capacity. During each semester, the students will receive assignments, then do research, draw sketches and designs. Then the actual work will be produced and presented. The students will also promote their work and document the production process. The cold work courses are taught by a Czech artist, who brings benefits of cultural exchange and a high level of professional knowledge to the courses.

Coldwork I and Coldwork II / Jaroslav Sara

FOUNDATION

2D

A careful observation of natural and artificial objects around us would reveal that a form consists of countless points, lines and planes, has color and shadow and presents itself to the viewer with texture and volume. In the 2D course, students will practice precise drawings of objects and thereby learn to be attentive to the elements of form that are deeply involved with artistic expression. In so doing they will develop their ability to grasp the essence of things.

2D / Haruko Nishi

3D

In the first semester, students will work on the theme of "nature" with clay and plaster to learn the basics of 3D art as an introduction to the systematic understanding and mastery of the esthetic components of 3D representation. In the second semester, students themselves will choose the theme and material for their work. Through the production of their work they will improve their expressive skills and enhance their awareness to the esthetic qualities of the materials.

3D / Susumu Kaji

ELECTIVES
Flameworking

Flameworking

In this course students will learn basic flameworking techniques, using an oxygen torch and borosilicate glass, and by so doing will learn ways of artistic representation with glass to broaden their creative possibilities.

Makiko Inoya

Stained Glass

Stained Glass

Students will pursue the possibility of expressing themselves while they feel the existence of light revealed by the glass, going back and forth between their handwork and inspiration, and conducting a dialogue with the glass. Stained glass is used as a means of inquiry into artistic expression.

Masahiro Hachida

Metalwork

Metalwork

In this course students will practice metal processing with a focus on welding techniques and learn the characteristics, theory and mechanics of metal welding as well as the different types of gas welding. The students will also learn other techniques such as forging, cutting and creating tools used for producing glass art.

Takio Nakamura

Jewelry

Jewelry

In this course students will learn metalwork from the basics to be able to make jewelry by joining glass and metal. The goal is to gain a good command of expression of a theme of their choice.

Hiromi Morita

GLASS MATERIALS
This lecture series is given by a material scientist, who will give students scientific knowledge on material characteristics of glass. The series takes place every other year and consists of four lectures.

Toru Yoshino

HISTORY OF GLASS ART
This lecture series deals with the history of glass ranging from the origin of glass to modern times. The series takes place every other year and consists of four lectures.

Kozo Hatakeyama

One-week workshop with a glass artist from overseas, held twice a year
WORKSHOPS

One-week workshop with a glass artist from overseas, held twice a year.

To broaden the students experience, TIGA invites a renowned artist from overseas in spring and fall every year for a one-week workshop. It provides a special opportunity for the students to interact with the artists through a collaborative project, a party organized by the students and other activities. To coincide with the fall workshop, an intramural exhibition is held to display student work. Further, demonstrations and lectures are open to the public on the Open Day, which is also arranged during the fall workshop.
Advanced Research
Studies Program
First Year
In the first year, students will examine their work and develop ideas according to themes they research.
造形科 1年
Second Year
In the second year, students will further investigate the originality of their work and complete graduation work.
造形科 2年
APPLIED MODELING
This is a course for the first year students of the Advanced Research Studies Program. By working on an assigned project every week and examining the work in a group, students will establish their originality as artists and develop ideas for the work. They will also learn wide-ranging expressive techniques through the use of different materials.

Jin Hongo

RESEARCH I II III
Students will make their own production plan based on their individual research theme. During the production they can receive advice on technical aspects from the teaching staff specialized in them and work under the guidance of their supervisor with respect to art creation. There are regular evaluation sessions that all teaching staff and Advanced Research Studies Program students attend. The students' works are examined in order for them to develop applicable techniques and ways of thinking as professionals.

Jin Hongo, Makiko Nakagami, Koichi Matsufuji, Jaroslav Sara and Boyd Sugiki

One-week workshop with a glass artist from overseas, held twice a year
WORKSHOPS

One-week workshop with a glass artist from overseas, held twice a year.

To broaden the students experience, TIGA invites a renowned artist from overseas in spring and fall every year for a one-week workshop. It provides a special opportunity for the students to interact with the artists through a collaborative project, a party organized by the students and other activities. To coincide with the fall workshop, an intramural exhibition is held to display student work. Further, demonstrations and lectures are open to the public on the Open Day, which is also arranged during the fall workshop.
Visiting Scholar
Program
Visiting Scholar Program
This is a course for those having a professional working experience in glass art for at least two years. Visiting Scholars study for three or six months (three months in the case of overseas applicants) and during that time they produce work based on a research theme of their own choice. They produce their work taking advice from the faculty, so that they can expand the scope of their work and deepen their research. Applications are accepted occasionally. Admission is approved based on an examination with a prior consultation, taking into account the student enrolment at the time and the applicant's research plan. For an application, please request a prior consultation to check the availability of the program.
研修生(特別枠)
Visiting Scholar Program
This is a course for those having a professional working experience in glass art for at least two years. Visiting Scholars study for three or six months (three months in the case of overseas applicants) and during that time they produce work based on a research theme of their own choice. They produce their work taking advice from the faculty, so that they can expand the scope of their work and deepen their research. Applications are accepted occasionally. Admission is approved based on an examination with a prior consultation, taking into account the student enrolment at the time and the applicant's research plan. For an application, please request a prior consultation to check the availability of the program.
APPLICATION
GUIDELINES
Click here for the Application Guidelines of our Programs.
  • Glass Certification
    Studies Program
  • Advanced Research
    Studies Program
  • Visiting Scholar
    Program
Glass Certification
Studies Program
造形科
The Glass Certification Studies Program offers solid professional education with a two-year curriculum.
Students will learn basic theory and techniques of glass art, get engaged in the act of creation based on their ideas in the elective courses, and thereby obtain necessary skills for freely giving shapes and expressions to their work. Emphasis is placed on learning the basics of art such as sketches and designs.

Glass Certification Studies Program Application, Academic Year 2023

Class Maximum Number of Students: 16
Period of Study: 2 years
Eligibility for Application The applicant must have a high school diploma, be expected to have one by the end of March 2023, or have an equivalent academic competence.
Period of Application Admission based on Recommendation: From Friday, November 4, 2022 to Thursday, November 24, 2022.
General Admission A: From Thursday, December 8, 2022 to Friday, January 6, 2023.
General Admission B: From Tuesday, February 21, 2023 to Friday, March 10, 2023.
The Office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. It is closed on Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays and December 29 to January 3.
If the application is sent by mail, the document must arrive at the Office by the end of the Period of Application.
Admission Examination Admission based on Recommendation: Interview on Monday, December 5, 2022
General Admission A: Practical Skills Test (2D and 3D) on Saturday, January 21, 2023 Interview on Sunday, January 22, 2023
General Admission B: Practical Skills Test (2D and 3D) and Interview on Friday, March 17, 2023
Announcement of Accepted Applicants Admission based on Recommendation: At noon on Tuesday, December 13, 2022
General Admission A: At noon on Thursday, February 2, 2023
General Admission B: At noon on Monday, March 20, 2023
Examination Fee 18,000 yen
Admission Fee 135,300 yen (required for applicants who are residents of Toyama City)
169,200 yen (required for other applicants)
Tuition Fee 390,000 yen per year, or 32,500 per month (There is a tuition fee reduction and exemption scheme.)

Click here to download the application guidelines

Advanced Research
Studies Program
研究科
The Advanced Research Studies Program offers the opportunity for students to establish their originality as glass artists and deepen their learning.
Each student will set their research theme and study plan for themselves taking guidance and advice from the teacher in charge and carry out the research according to the plan.

Advanced Research Studies Program Application, Academic Year 2023

Class Maximum Number of Students: 5
Period of Study: 2 years
Eligibility for Application The applicant must have completed the Glass Certification Studies Program at Toyama Institute of Glass Art, or is expected to complete it by the end of March 2023, or is regarded as having equivalent knowledge and skills.
Period of Application From Friday, November 4, 2022 to Thursday, November 24, 2022
The Office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. It is closed on Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays and December 29 to January 3.
If the application is sent by mail, the document must arrive at the Office by the end of the Period of Application.
Admission Examination Interview on Monday, December 12, 2022
Announcement of Accepted Applicants At noon on Tuesday, December 13, 2022
Examination Fee 18,000yen
Admission Fee 135,300 yen (required for applicants who are residents of Toyama City)
169,200 yen (required for other applicants)
Tuition Fee 390,000 yen per year, or 32,500 per month (There is a tuition fee reduction and exemption scheme.)

Click here to download the application guidelines

Visiting Scholar
Program
研究生(特別枠)
The Visiting Scholar Program provides glass professionals with a perfect setting for further development as an artist.
This course is for glass professionals with at least two years of experience. They can use TIGA's excellent facilities for pursuing their own artistic theme. Enrolled at TIGA as students, they will be able to broaden the range of their work and to produce experimental work as part of their research.

Visiting Scholar Program Application, Academic Year 2022

Class One year, six months or three months
Eligibility for Application The applicant must have completed the Advanced Research Studies Program at Toyama Institute of Glass Art or is regarded as having equivalent skills and knowledge and has at least two years of experience as a glass artist.
Period of Application There is currently no vacancy for this Program.
Admission Examination There is currently no vacancy for this Program.
Announcement of Accepted Applicants There is currently no vacancy for this Program.
Examination Fee 9,000 yen
Admission Fee 40,590 yen (required for applicants who are residents of Toyama City)
50,760 yen (required for other applicants)
※Admission fees for a student of the Visiting Scholar Program with a planned research period of 3 months will not be collected.
Tuition Fee 21,750 yen per month
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
アーティスト・イン・レジデンス事業
About the Artist-in-Residence program
Toyama Institute of Glass Art initiated its Artist-in-Residence program in 2010, aiming to promote glass art and cultural activities in Toyama City, to invigorate the local communities and to develop human resources.
FACULTY
Jin Hongo graduated from Tohoku University, Faculty of Engineering with a major in metal engineering. He learned glass art at the Tokyo Glass Art Institute. He became a teaching assistant at TIGA when it was founded. He has been teaching here ever since and held workshops as a glass artist in and out of Japan for the education of younger artists.
Head Professor
Jin Hongo
At TIGA you confront the glass, reflect on yourself and learn side by side with your fellow students. Everything you learn here will be the key for opening the door to the future. You have infinite possibilities. We will do our utmost to help you realize your dream and ambitions.
主任教授 本郷 仁
主任教授 本郷 仁
Makiko Nakagami is from Aichi Prefecture, Japan. She graduated from Aichi University of Education, General Modeling Arts Course with a major in glass art in 1994 and continued her study there as a research student under Michael Rogers.
She then completed traineeship at the Kanazawa Utatsuyama Craft Workshop and worked in various studios. She started teaching at TIGA in 2006 and has been an associate professor since 2016.
Professor
Makiko Nakagami
TIGA is an exciting place where you can expand your possibilities and have a link with somewhere in the world. This is a marvelous place where you can connect with the world by means of glass and encounter diverse values, novel works, unique people and fresh ideas.
主任教授 中神 牧子
主任教授 中神 牧子
After graduating from Aichi University of Education in 1995, Koichi Matsufuji studied in the United States on a Researcher Overseas Grant from the Pola Art Foundation. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Illinois State University School of Art in 2001. Utilizing glass as the main material, together with natural objects, insect specimens and antique items, Matsufuji explores light in the context of the relation between humanity and nature, the potential power of land and substance, and the prayer that originates in imagination.
Associate Professor
Koichi Matsufuji
It is important to choose carefully what you learn and where you learn it. You should come here if you want to learn glass art in Toyama even after you have found out about other glass art schools in the world.
准教授 松藤 孝一
准教授 松藤 孝一
Jaroslav Sara received a degree in glass engraving and a Master of Art degree in art and design in the Czech Republic. He devotes himself to creating classic glass engraving. He is interested in applying traditional engraving techniques to contemporary glassware, architecture and other areas of applied art. He teaches in many educational programs in his studio and with professional institutions such as Pilchuck Glass School in Washington D.C., USA. He is a board member of Kolektiv Ateliers in Novy Bor, the Czech Republic.
Associate Professor
Jaroslav Sara
Craft is fundamental elevation to art.
准教授 ヤロスラフ・シャーラ
准教授 ヤロスラフ・シャーラ
Boyd Sugiki was first introduced to glass at Punahou High School in Honolulu, Hawaii. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from California College of Arts and Crafts and a Master of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design. Sugiki and his wife Lisa Zerkowitz create contemporary hand blown glass objects in their studio, named Two Tone Studios in Seattle, USA.
Associate Professor
Boyd Sugiki
The TIGA family is a nurturing environment, where students can cultivate the skills that are necessary to embark on their professional journey. TIGA is full of creativity, encourages an in depth investigation of the material, and is committed to working with each individual to find their own unique voice in glass.
准教授 Boyd Sugiki
准教授 Boyd Sugiki
Asa Hashimoto is from Toyama Prefecture. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design with a major in fine arts. She completed the Glass Certification Studies Program at TIGA in 2018 and has been a teaching assistant at TIGA since 2019.
Teaching Assistants
Asa Hashimoto
TIGA is an exceptional place because you can learn glass art in an environment which is blessed with the abundant nature of Toyama and is international in character. Refine your artistic sensitivity fully and find many new possibilities.
助手 橋本 亜紗
助手 橋本 亜紗
Seiko Kusanagi is from Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. She graduated from Kobe Design University, Faculty of Design with a major in visual design in 1999. She completed the Glass Certification Studies Program at TIGA in 2019 and she worked for the glass studio "Jinzu Glass + calm life."
She has been a teaching assistant at TIGA since 2020.
Teaching Assistants
Seiko Kusanagi
In the kilnwork course you can learn the basic techniques and then move on to the investigation of your unique style. I hope you find a clue to your goal, a guidepost to your destination in your two years at TIGA. Let's all work together!
助手 草薙 聖子
助手 草薙 聖子
Nobe Shinsuke is from Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. After graduating from Tokai University, Faculty of Engineering with a major in architecture, he worked as a design engineer of metal mold for export models of Lexus cars. He subsequently started his own business in web design and IT marketing. In 2011 he started to blow glass and from 2017 he worked as a studio manager of Fusion Factory. He has been a teaching assistant at TIGA since 2021.
Teaching Assistants
Shinsuke Nobe
At TIGA you will learn the basics of glass art in two years. To learn efficiently in this short period, you need the ability to ask good questions. Good questions bring good answers. I look forward to an encounter with highly motivated students.
助手 野邊 晋亮
助手 野邊 晋亮
Kazuma Tominaga was born in Osaka in 1987. He graduated from Osaka University of Art, Faculty of Art with a major in glass in 2010. He then worked at Nishinoda Senior High School of Technology in Osaka as a lecturer and at Osaka University of Arts Junior College as a teaching assistant. After finishing traineeship at the Kanazawa Utatsuyama Craft Workshop, he joined TIGA as a teaching assistant in 2020.
Teaching Assistants
Kazuma Tominaga
TIGA is a place where you can have a dialogue with glass in a rich natural environment and look for your own style. Enjoy your school life as you make glasswork based on your ideas.
助手 富永 一真
助手 富永 一真
Creative Advisor/Instructors/Office Staff
OPEN
President
Tetsuji Tsunekawa
Senior Adviser
Atsushi Takeda
Creative Advisor
Ryoji Shibuya
Instructors
2DHaruko Nishi  /  3DSusumu Kaji  /  FlameworkingMakiko Inoya  /  Stained GlassZen Hachida  /  JewelryHiromi Morita  /  MetalworkTakio Nakamura  /  History of Glass ArtKozo Hatakeyama  /  Glass MaterialsToru Yoshino
Office Staff
Head Office ManageMidoriko Saeki  /   Associate Office ManagerYumi Oono  /   Office AssistantMaki Inoue
富山市立 富山ガラス造形研究所
LOCATION
Name of Institution
Toyama Institute of Glass Art founded by the City of Toyama
President
Tetsuji Tsunekawa
Address
80 Nishikanaya Toyama-shi, Toyama 930-0143 Japan
Phone
+81-76-436-2973
(FAX +81-76-436-2974)
Address | 80 Nishikanaya Toyama-shi, Toyama 930-0143 Japan
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