- Designated a Living National Treasure for his unique metal hammering techinique, Tamagawa is one of the most respected and well known artists of his field in Japan. He was born in 1942 in Niigata Perfecture and is a descendent of Kakubei Tamagawa who founded Gyokusendo in 1816. Gyokusendo creates functional and decorative copperware in the “Tsuiki” or hand hammered method. Tamagawa studied the hammering technique in Tokyo as an apprentice under Sekiya Shiro, also a Living National Treasure from 1963 until 1965. After his apprenticeship, Tamagawa returned home and re-joined Gyokusendo. He continued to master his craft and was chosen to show at many prestigious exhibitions in Japan and in Europe, and received may prizes and awards. In 1996, he decided to devote all his time to art and resigned from the company. In 2010, he was designated a Living National Treasure.
- Selected Exhibitions:
- 2015–2018 Asia Week | New York
- 2016 Creating Handicrafts, Living National Treasures Exhibition | Wako, Tokyo
- 2015 SOFA Chicago | Illinois
- 2013- 2014 The Present of Living National Treasures, Tokyo National Museum | Japan
- Selected Public Collections:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art | New York, USTsubame Industrial Materials Museum | Niigata, Japan