Silver Box with Fern Patterns, 2016; silver metal carving; h. 3 3/8 x w. 9 1/2 x d. 3 1/8 in. (8.5 x 24 x 8 cm)


Flower vessel “ko”, silver metal carving with shakudo shibuichi inlay & gold decoration, h.8 1/2 x w. 16 x d. 6 in. (22 x 40 x 15 cm)

Otsuki Masako (b. 1943)

Ōtsuki Masako graduated from the Department of Design at Tama Art University, Tokyo, in 1966, and has incorporated design skills into her metalwork pieces.

Ōtsuki says that in artwork, highly-developed techniques should meet refined designs to appeal to audiences. She applies the hatsuri (shave and carve) technique in her works, carving distinctive and fine angled lines by using chisels onto the base metals. This technique gives the work three-dimensional effects with perspective and shadows. Gold, silver, copper, and a copper silver alloy, all of varying degrees of solubility are precisely handled by Ōtsuki with great focus and intensity. In addition, skilled engraving gives her work the finishing touches, lending metal, a cold medium, a feeling of warmth and life in the artist’s forms.

Otsuki Masako (b. 1943) Exhibits

Selected Exhibitions

Asia Week, New York, US
The 45th Japan Traditional Kōgei Metalwork Exhibition, Sekido Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
SOFA Chicago, Illinois, US
From Craft to Kōgei, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
Contemporary Japanese Metalwork Exhibition, Copenhagen, Denmark