Yukie Osumi (Japan 1945 -)

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Ōsumi Yukie was designated Living National Treasure in 2015, and is the fist female metalwork artist to receive this honor in history. She specializes in tankin, or hammered vessels. Osumi graduated in 1969 from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts. Afterwards, she studied under Kashima Ikkoku (1898-1996), Sekiya Shirō (1907-1994), and Katsura Moriyuki (1914-1996). She also trained as an artist in the United Kingdom for a year under the sponsorship by Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs. She has received many honors and awards, and most recently in 2014, was the first to be awarded a residency at The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian Museum of Asian Art in Washington, D.C. Ōsumi applies the traditional technique nunome zōgan, or textile imprint inlay, in her works. This involves hammering metal-leaf or wire into a fine, mesh-like grid incised into the metal surfaces. Ōsumi creates decorative and functional objects, such as vases and tea utensils. Through her designs of wind, waves, clouds and streams, she strives to create an affinity with nature as formless and flowing.


2015-2019: Asia Week, New York, US
2017: The 64th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition, Japan
2016: Creating Handicrafts, Living National Treasures Exhibition, Wako, Tokyo, Japan
2015: SOFA Chicago, Illinois, US
2013: Contemporary Kōgei Styles in Japan, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach, Florida, US