Biko Hayashi

  • Metalwork
  • 1937 -
Biko Hayashi

In the world of metalcraft, I have earned high recognition as an artist specializing in the tankin (hammering) technique for hard materials such as stainless steel; however, in recent years, I have been working on my own “Gold, Silver, and Copper Metal with Woodgrain Patterns” containing real gold. Today I am passionate about reproducing this once lost technique of the Edo period.

 My Gold, Silver, and Copper Metal with Woodgrain Patterns is a special metal material; the main body is gold, onto which dozens of silver, copper, alloys of copper and gold, and other material plates are placed one after the other to create a laminated layer; it is heated in a high-temperature flame; then, by repeated hammering, burrowing, and thinning by hammering, a plate shape is made, and finally the simple and elegant woodgrain patterns stand out. This fine metal material is unparalleled in the world. In the Edo period, this material was used for the decorative fittings of swords and accouterments; in contemporary works, it is used to create such items as tea utensils, flower vases, and decorative boxes with designs suitable for today.

Membership Full member, Japan Kogei Association
Akita Arts and Crafts Association
  • 1947 Studied under his father and started production of metalcraft at the age of 10
  • 1961 Member, Japan Contemporary Crafts Association
  • 1965 Member, Kofukai
  • 1969 Committee member, Akita Art Exhibition (36 years)
  • 1975 Associate member, Nitten
  • 1976 Chairperson, Akita Crafts Association (4 years)
  • 1978 Jury member, Kofukai (13 years)
  • 1979 Established Akita Prefecture Arts and Crafts Association,
    Chairperson (34 years)
  • 1979 Member, Japan New Crafts Association
  • 2005 Full member, Japan Kogei Association

  • 1977Received the Akita Art Encouragement Prize
  • 1988Received the Mayor of San Francisco Award (San Francisco Municipal Council, USA)
  • 1990Received the title of Traditional Skilled Worker (Japan Society of Architects and Building Engineers)
  • 1992Received the Akita Culture Award and the Medal with Dark Blue Ribbon
  • 1998Received recognition for 30 years of service as a member of the Akita Art Exhibition committee
  • 2001Received the Medal with Dark Blue Ribbon
  • 2005Received the Akita Cultural Achievement Award
  • 2007Received the Japan Kogei Association Award at the 36th Japanese Traditional Metalwork Exhibition
  • 2011Received the Tokyo Board of Education Award at the 40th Japanese Traditional Metalwork Exhibition
  • 2011Received commendation from the Minister of Education, Science and Culture for Distinguished Service in Local Culture
  • 2012Received the Asahi Shimbun Prize at the 41st Japanese Traditional Metalwork Exhibition
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