Azuma studied metalwork and practiced Japanese traditional techniques such as casting, forging and engraving at Takaoka National College. During his time here he participated in a project to build a kiln for a glass factory. He subsequently followed his passion towards glass making and worked as an apprentice in a glass themed village, Suwagarasunosato, in Nagano. Azuma later set up his own workshop, Studio Azzuro, in an artists’ village in the Siga region. Azuma makes pieces that have a feeling of depth, aiming to create as many expressions as possible with a small number of colours, typically using just two colours or maximum of three. Azuma's pieces have prized at many exhibitions, including the Asahi Modern Craft Exhibition and the Japan Craft Exhibition.
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