Otsuki Masako Japanese , 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 has stated 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 touch, lending metal, a cold medium, a feeling of warmth and life in the artist’s forms.


Selected Exhibitions

2016-2020  Asia Week | New York, US

2017  The 64th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition, Japan

2016  The 45th Japan Traditional Kōgei Metalwork Exhibition, Sekido Museum of Art | Tokyo, Japan

2015  SOFA | Chicago, Illinois, US

2013  From Craft to Kōgei, National Museum of Modern Art | Tokyo 

2004  Contemporary Japanese Metalwork Exhibition | Copenhagen, Denmark


Selected Public Collections

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | New York, US