Osumi Yukie Japanese, Living National Treasure , b. 1945

Osumi Yukie was designated a 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).  Osumi 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
2015–2018 Asia Week | New York, US
2017 The 64th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition | Japan
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, US

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