Silver Vase “Bakufu (Waterfall),” 2011; hammered silver with nunome zōgan (textile imprint inlay)
decoration in lead and gold; h. 10 x dia. 9 7/8 in. (25.5 x 25 cm)

 

OSUMI Yukie_SoundOfWind

Silver Vase “Sound of Wind,” 2014, hammered silver with nunomezogan (textile imprint inlay) decoration in lead and gold,
h. 11 x dia. 12 in. (27.5 x 30.2 cm)

 

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Silver Vase “Strait,” 2013, hammered silver with nunomezogan (textile imprint inlay) decoration in lead and gold,
h. 9 3/4 x w. 14 1/4 x d. 12 in. (24.5 x 36.2 x 30.3 cm)

 

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Silver Vase ”Underwater Dragon,” 2009, hammered silver with nunomezogan (textile imprint inlay) decoration in lead and gold,
h. 10 x dia. 10 in. (25 x 25 cm)

 

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Silver Vase “High Tide Comes In,” 2007, hammered silver with nunomezogan (textile imprint inlay) decoration in lead and gold,
h. 9 1/2 x dia. 9 in. (24 x 23 cm)

 

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Silver Vase “Distant Sea,” 2005, hammered silver with nunomezogan (textile imprint inlay) decoration in lead and gold,
h. 9 x dia. 8 in. (23 x 20.5 cm)

 

OSUMI Yukie (b. 1945)

Living National Treasure (2015)

Osumi is a metalware artist who specializes in tankin or hammered vessels. Osumi graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts in 1969. Afterwards, she studied under Kashima Ikkoku, Sekiya Shiro and Katsura Moriyuki. She also trained as an artist in the UK for a year under sponsorship of the Agency for Cultural Affairs.

She applies the traditional technique of nunome-zogan or textile imprint inlay. This involves hammering metal leaf or wire into a fine, mesh-like grid incised into the surface of metal. Osumi creates decorative and functional objects, such as vases and tea utensils. She likes to convey a sense of nature which is formless and flowing, and does so through her designs of wind, waves, clouds and streams.

Her works are in the public collections such as The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Victoria & Albert Museum, London and The Royal Museum, Edinburgh. She has received many honors and awards, and was most recently the first recipient of Residency at The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian’s Museum of Asian Art in Washington, D.C in 2014.


OSUMI Yukie (b. 1945) Exhibits

Selected Exhibitions

2015–2016
Asia Week, New York, US
2015
SOFA Chicago, Illinois, US
2013
Contemporary Kōgei Styles in Japan, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach, Florida, US

Selected Public Collection

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK; Royal Museum in Edinburgh, Scotland; National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan