Osumi Yukie Japanese, Living National Treasure , b. 1945

Ōsumi Yukie was designated Living National Treasure in 2015, and is the first female metalwork artist to receive this honor in history. She specializes in tankin, or hammered vessels. Osumi graduated in 1969 from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts. Afterwards, she studied under Kashima Ikkoku (1898-1996), Sekiya Shirō (1907-1994), and Katsura Moriyuki (1914-1996). She also trained as an artist in the United Kingdom for a year under the sponsorship by Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs. She has received many honors and awards, and most recently in 2014, was the first to be awarded a residency at The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian Museum of Asian Art in Washington, D.C.

Ōsumi applies the traditional technique nunome zōgan, or textile imprint inlay, in her works. This involves hammering metal-leaf or wire into a fine, mesh-like grid incised into the metal surfaces. Ōsumi creates decorative and functional objects, such as vases and tea utensils. Through her designs of wind, waves, clouds and streams, she strives to create an affinity with nature as formless and flowing.

Selected Exhibitions
2013 - 2023 Asia Week, New York, US
2021 - 2022 Japan: A History of Style, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, US
2022 Homo Faber: Crafting a more human future - Living Treasures of Europe and Japan, Venice, Italy
2016 Creating Handicrafts, Living National Treasures Exhibition, Wako, Tokyo, Japan
2015 SOFA Chicago, Illinois, US
2013 Contemporary Kōgei Styles in Japan, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach, Florida, US
Selected Public Collections:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | New York 

Victoria and Albert Museum | London 
Royal Museum in Edinburgh | Scotland
National Museum of Modern Art | Tokyo