Cosmic Glass Art Is Infused With Glowing Miniature Universes Inside (Video)

Space Glass Ornament

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Echoing the belief that the macrocosm is reflected in the microcosm, the great Persian poet Rumi once said that "the entire universe is inside you." There's a touch of this mystical mindedness in these mind-blowing glassworks called Space Glass by Japanese glass artist Satoshi Tomizu, which seem to embody the swirling stardust and endless stellar vasts of the galaxies -- all encapsulated in the palm of the hand.

Space Glass Ornament
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Satoshi Tomizu
 Satoshi Tomizu / plusalpha-glass.com

Tomizu began working with heat-resistant glass starting at age 28, and he has been making these starry little universes as wearable glass pendants during the last few years, in addition to making other flowers- and jellyfish-themed pendants.

Satoshi Tomizu
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Satoshi Tomizu
 Satoshi Tomizu / plusalpha-glass.com

The actual size of Space Glass pendants is small, featuring an opal at the center that seems to represent some kind of planetary body. It's a smart choice, as opals are opaque, yet shimmer with a beautiful rainbow iridescence, a kind of inner fire. There's also flecks of real gold that seem like stellar clusters twinkling and floating away, riding glowing spiraling orbits and elliptic forces. As you turn one of these specimens around and around, the perspective is ever-changing yet completely enthralling.

Satoshi Tomizu
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Satoshi Tomizu
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Satoshi Tomizu
 Satoshi Tomizu / plusalpha-glass.com

This video of Tomizu working at the flame gives me the powerful impression of a masterful creator, bringing these multiple universes into life. The energetic spinning of his hand is imprinted in the mesmerizing spirals seen in the pendants.

Satoshi Tomizu
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Satoshi Tomizu
 Satoshi Tomizu / plusalpha-glass.com

It's one of the most mind-blowing examples of glass art we've ever seen, invoking all sorts of cosmic wonderment at our vast universe, perhaps hinting at a profound cosmology. Tomizu's incredible glasswork recently won an Atelier Nova Design award and has been featured in festivals in Japan.