Yukie Osumi

Forged silver flower vessel. “Strait”

  • Metalwork
  • Presented in 2013
  • H 24.5 x W 36.2 x D 30.3 cm
  • Sold Out

Osumi is a metalware artist who specializes in “tankin” or hammered vessels. 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. She 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.
This vase is hammered silver with nunome-zogan decoration in lead and gold.
The main theme is the huge eddying tides of Naruto Strait.

Category Metalwork
Year Presented 2013
Dimensions H 24.5 x W 36.2 x D 30.3 cm
Exhibition The 60th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition

Living National Treasure Yukie Osumi

photo Yukie Osumi

On tankin (hammered) vessels and by applying the traditional techniques of chasing, mainly nunome-zogan (textile imprint inlay), OSUMI captures the feelings of nature with motifs of formless flowing subjects such as waves, streams, clouds, or winds. She creates vessels and utensils used in traditional culture such as flower vases, tea and calligraphy utensils; she is also aware of formations that harmonize with contemporary living space.