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Published on Nov 6, 2015
Yukie has been fascinated by glass blowing ever since her first visit to a glass factory at the age of 17. Since then she has faced many challenges and failures. Starting up and running her own workshop brought her family much closer together. Fulfilling her dream also brought change in the people around her. Change is always there. One's own dreams also change. Your goals in the future may be different from the ones you have now. The sum of all the small steps will lead to a new goal. But still she will keep on blowing glass. Change keeps the unchangeable passion glowing.
Ms. Yukie Kimura was born in Osaka in 1978. She experienced melting glass for the first time when she was 17 years old. Fascinated by the indescribable charm of glass, she trained herself in glass melting and blowing techniques in Otaru after graduating from high school. Although Ms. Kimura wanted to set up as an independent glass artist, she experienced a mental break down due to the strict work environment. In 2009, she and her husband moved back to Otaru, her husband’s hometown, where they decided to re-open Hokkaido’s oldest pottery kiln “Otaru Oven Shirase Toen.” After seven months of repairing and refurbishing the oven, they were able to open up her own workshop, “Yukie Glass” in September of 2010. Ms. Kimura now creates vivid and colorful original works like aroma pots, art pieces, and glass wares as well as accessories such as pendants and earrings, fighting with melted, blazing glass in 1,200 degree Celsius day and night.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx