Mokume-gane Vase, 2013; silver, copper, shibuichi and kuromido;
h. 7 7/8 x w. 6 1/4 x d. 6 1/4 inches (20 x 16 x 16 cm)



Born in 1976, in Tamano City, Okayama Prefecture, Ryuhei Sako graduated from Hiroshima City University in the Department of Design and Applied Arts in 1999, then earned his master’s degree in 2002 from the same institution. Ryuhei Sako creates pieces using Mokume-gane, a Japanese metal technique dating back to the 17th Century. First, very thin different colored alloyed metal sheets are layered and bonded. Then the layers are cut into, or drilled and reworked. Achieving a successful lamination takes a very skilled artist, and although his work is based on research and experimentation using this tradition process, he manages to create very contemporary pieces. In 2004, he became a Member of the Nihon Kogeikai (Japanese Handcrafts Association) and in 2013, during his first exhibition outside Japan, the Victoria and Albert Museum purchased one of his pieces for their public collection.


Selected Exhibitions

Asia Week, New York, US
The 45th Japan Traditional Kōgei Metalwork Exhibition, Sekido Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Solo Exhibition, Mitsukoshi Nihombashi, Tokyo, Japan
Solo Exhibition, Karuizawa New Art Museum Gallery, Nagano, Japan

Selected Public Collection

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