|| Koji Yamami is one
of the Japanese kaleidoscope artists best known
to the US people.
He has attended Brewster conventions since 1995
and has shown his works every year.
He won the People°«s Choice Award in 2001 and 2003
for his one of a kind kaleidoscopes.
His first encounter with modern kaleidoscopes was
in LA while he was studying design and several art
subjects in the college.
He was shocked at its infinite images.
After coming back to Tokyo, he started to make kaleidoscopes
not knowing of the existence of keen lovers or the
future development of the kaleidoscope market.
He mainly creates stained glass kaleidoscopes especially
of limited editions or one of a kind scopes, however
he is very positive in using other media for his
He is collaborating with Arita porcelain artisans
in producing kaleidoscopes and teleidoscopes, which
proves to be a nice combination of Japanese traditional
craft and modern kaleidoscope art.
He also helps a Japanese aluminum maker in creating
affordable aluminum scopes.
In spite of their low prices they are good quality
items and enjoyed by many people.
He is also very active in promoting the wonderful
world of kaleidoscopes and has classes teaching
how to make original stained glass kaleidoscopes.