Yoichi Ohira b. 1946

Japanese-born Yoichi Ohira’s distinctive stylistic blend inspired by the natural beauty of Japan and traditional Italian glass techniques brands him a major contributor to the narrative of 20th century glass design. In 1969, Ohira graduated from the Kuwasawa Design School in Tokyo and completed an apprenticeship in glassblowing at the Kagami Crystal Company, Ltd. Shortly thereafter, he began working in the fashion industry which directly influenced the balance, elegant shape, and multicolored decorative schemes of his work. From 1973–1978, while studying at the Venice Academy of Fine Arts, his love and talent for Murano glass grew earning him high honors for his thesis The Aesthetics of Glass. In the late 1980s, Ohira began collaborating with Murano master glassmakers and was awarded the Premio Selezione of the Premio Murano in 1987.

Ohira’s work is present in the world’s major collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum New York, and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. He has been exhibited internationally including the Correr Museum in Venice, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, and Barry Friedman Gallery in New York. Yoichi Ohira lives and works in Tokyo.

Auction Results Yoichi Ohira

YOICHI OHIRA, Silenzio vase | ragoarts.com

Yoichi Ohira

Silenzio vase

estimate: $4,500–6,500
result: $5,313
YOICHI OHIRA, La Notte vase | ragoarts.com

Yoichi Ohira

La Notte vase

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $8,750
YOICHI OHIRA, Laguna al Tramonto vase | ragoarts.com

Yoichi Ohira

Laguna al Tramonto vase

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $20,000
YOICHI OHIRA, Laguna vessel | ragoarts.com

Yoichi Ohira

Laguna vessel

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $25,000
YOICHI OHIRA, Murrine Rosse - Caleidoscopio No. 1 vase | ragoarts.com

Yoichi Ohira

Murrine Rosse - Caleidoscopio No. 1 vase

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $26,250
YOICHI OHIRA, Fiori Rossi al Vento Azzurro vase | ragoarts.com

Yoichi Ohira

Fiori Rossi al Vento Azzurro vase

estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $5,000
YOICHI OHIRA, Canne e Murrine vase | ragoarts.com

Yoichi Ohira

Canne e Murrine vase

estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $10,625
YOICHI OHIRA, Cristallo Sommerso N. 7 vase | ragoarts.com

Yoichi Ohira

Cristallo Sommerso N. 7 vase

estimate: $8,000–12,000
YOICHI OHIRA, Laguna vase | ragoarts.com

Yoichi Ohira

Laguna vase

estimate: $6,000–9,000
result: $11,250
YOICHI OHIRA, Fascia di Murrine vase | ragoarts.com

Yoichi Ohira

Fascia di Murrine vase

estimate: $6,500–8,500
result: $11,250
YOICHI OHIRA, Polvere vase | ragoarts.com

Yoichi Ohira

Polvere vase

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $9,375
YOICHI OHIRA, Bolla vase | ragoarts.com

Yoichi Ohira

Bolla vase

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $20,000
YOICHI OHIRA, A Nastri vase | ragoarts.com

Yoichi Ohira

A Nastri vase

estimate: $6,000–8,000
result: $11,250
YOICHI OHIRA, Stoppered bottle | ragoarts.com

Yoichi Ohira

Stoppered bottle

estimate: $3,000–4,000
result: $4,688
YOICHI OHIRA, Untitled vessel | ragoarts.com

Yoichi Ohira

Untitled vessel

estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $5,625
YOICHI OHIRA, Gocce di Murrine vase | ragoarts.com

Yoichi Ohira

Gocce di Murrine vase

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $13,750