Japanese metalwork artist Tanaka Terukazu is a master of fusing gold, silver, and copper alloys in his signature oversized box forms. He is visiting from Tokyo as the Freer|Sackler’s second artist in residence for Japanese metalwork design. Join him as he speaks with Louise Cort, curator for ceramics, about his artistic techniques and inspirations, as well as the changes affecting his craft. Three of his works are on view on Sackler level B1 in April.
Born in the Yanaka district of Tokyo, Tanaka is the son of a metalsmith and a graduate of Tokyo Metropolitan Crafts High School. His work was first accepted into the national Nitten exhibition in 1971. In 1979, he began participating as well in the annual New Japanese Craft exhibition, which he began to judge in 1990. He has received a number of awards for his work, including the Tokyo Governor’s Award and the Hakone Open-Air Museum grand prize. He continues to make work and exhibit in Japan and internationally.