The history of glass art in Japan is a relatively youthful one. Yet this reality is hardly a bane but a blessing, for glass artists are not shackled by the constrictions imposed on their creativity by the towering ghosts of tradition. In this sense, the creativity of Kyoto artist Niyoko Ikuta (1953- ) flows freely into her spiralling sheets of glass. Considered to be one of the leading figures in Japanese glass art, Ikuta has enraptured collectors and museums the world over for her dynamic glass objects, executed with emphatic lyricism and spellbinding precision. The artist’s glass works have been collected by leading public institutions such as the V&A in London, the Musée de design et d'arts appliqués contemporains (MUDAC) in Switzerland, the Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe in Germany, as well as the National Museum of Art in Osaka and the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, and her works continue to inspire a generation of younger artists in the increasingly popular world of glass.