Although he started out in fashion, artist Yoichi Ohira (Japanese, b. 1946) has received great critical acclaim for his design work in Italian glass sculptures. While working in fashion in the early 1970s, Ohira was inspired by a television program on Murano-style glass that led him to Venice, starting his education in glass-making at the Academy of Fine Arts. Many years of schooling and collaboration allowed him to hone his craft, leading up to his breakout design series of bottles for Vetreria de Majo in the early 1980s. His glass designs have been exhibited internationally, including at the Correr Museum in Venice, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, and Barry Friedman gallery in New York.