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Vase “Fūmai (Wind Dance),” 2015; silver and yellow copper, h. 6 3/4 x w. 9 7/8 x d. 2 5/8 in. (17 x 25 x 6.5 cm)

 

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Maikaze (Whirlwind), 2014; vase; silver, copper and shibuichi alloy; h. 5 1/2 x w. 7 1/4 x d. 3 inches (13.5 x 18 x 7 cm)

 

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Zansho (Lingering Light), 2010; box; silver, copper and shibuichi alloy; h. 3 x w. 9 1/2 x d. 4 1/2 inches (7.5 x 23.5 x 11 cm)

 

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Ryu’un (Floating Clouds), 2003; vase; silver, copper and shibuichi alloy; h. 8 x dia. 5 1/2 inches (20 x 13.5 cm)

 

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Hana (Flower), 2006; footed plate; silver, copper and shibuichi alloy; h. 3 1/4 x dia. 9 1/4 inches (8 x 23 cm)

 

Oshiyama Motoko (b. 1958)

Oshiyama Motoko uses aspects of nature, such as animals, plants, and natural phenomena, as inspiration for much of her work. She is fascinated by the challenges and beauty of metals, and rather than controlling the medium seeks to work with the idiosyncracies. Her technique involves welding two or more metals together, such as shakudō (mixture of gold and copper) and silver, which creates swirling patterns.

Unlike theme based paintings and sculptures which can be readily attributed to an artist, Oshiyama believes that “craft” work should not be so personalized. Rather, she strives to distinguish herself from other contemporary metal artists by expressing herself through a modern sense of design focusing on geometric and abstract patterns. The artist’s works straddle between “craft” and “art”; indeed Oshiyama’s works are artistic but she believes that if her designs become too personal, then they become sculptures or works of art, and not craft. Instead, her goal is to create objects we live with that will enrich the environment aesthetically and therefore our lives as well.

Oshiyama studied metal carving, chasing, and hammering techniques at the Bunka Gakuen University in Tokyo, where she graduated from in 1981. Following graduation, she studied further with Katsura Moriyuki (1914—1996) and the Living National Treasure, Okuyama Hōseki (1935—). Oshiyama currently teaches metalwork and jewelry-making at her alma mater.


Oshiyama Motoko (b. 1958) Exhibits

Selected Exhibitions

2015–2017
Asia Week, New York, US
2016
The 45th Japan Traditional Kōgei Metalwork Exhibition, Sekido Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
2015
SOFA Chicago, Illinois, US
2010
Art Crafts in the 21st Century – Eye of the World, MOA Museum of Art, Shizuoka, Japan
2008
The Beauty of New Metalwork, Sekidō Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan