Mokume-gane Vase_093

Mokume-gane Vase, 2003; hammered silver, copper and shakudō; h. 7 7/8 x dia. 8 in. (20 x 20.5 cm)

 

3356_43Flower Vase, 1995; hammered silver and copper with mokumegane; h. 9 1/4 x dia. 8 1/4 in. (23 x 21 cm)

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Mokume-gane (wood-grain metal) Jar, 1991; hammered silver, copper and sekido; h. 6 x dia. 7 in. (15 x 18 cm)

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Mokume-gane (wood-grain metal) Vase, 1997; hammered silver, copper and sekido;
h. 8 3/4 x dia. 9 1/4 in. (22 x 23 cm)

 

Tamagawa Norio (b. 1942)

Living National Treasure (2010)

Designated a Living National Treasure for his unique metal hammering techinique, Tamagawa is one of the most respected and well known artists of his field in Japan. He was born in 1942 in Niigata Perfecture and is a descendent of Kakubei Tamagawa who founded Gyokusendo in 1816. Gyokusendo creates functional and decorative copperware in the “Tsuiki” or hand hammered method.

Tamagawa studied the hammering technique in Tokyo as an apprentice under Sekiya Shiro, also a Living National Treasure from 1963 until 1965. After his apprenticeship, Tamagawa returned home and re-joined Gyokusendo. He continued to master his craft and was chosen to show at many prestigious exhibitions in Japan and in Europe, and received may prizes and awards. In 1996, he decided to devote all his time to art and resigned from the company. In 2010, he was designated a Living National Treasure.


Tamagawa Norio (b. 1942) Exhibits

Selected Exhibitions

2015–2017
Asia Week, New York, US
2016
Creating Handicrafts, Living National Treasures Exhibition, Wako, Tokyo, Japan 2015 SOFA Chicago, Illinois, US
2015
SOFA Chicago, Illinois, US
2014
The Present of Living National Treasures, Tokyo National Museum, Japan
2013
The Present of Living National Treasures, Tokyo National Museum, Japan

Selected Public Collections

Tsubame Industrial Materials Museum, Niigata, Japan