Ōsumi 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 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