Michihiro Sato

Japan,

Michihiro Sato graduated from Gunma University, Japan (1986) and Oslo National Academy of Arts, Norway (2004), and has studied and worked in Germany and Japan. His work is held in the collections of the National Museum of Scotland, the Marzee Collection and the Museum of Arts and Crafts Itami. His work has featured in the 2014 and 2016 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery.

“I often had comments for my work like it is sensitive. One day, I had an another one like it is fragile. I was glad when I heard the latter one.

I lived and worked in a traditional Japanese house, where the old construction for drying clothes was equipped on the first floor’s roof. The steel flame was rusted, dilapidated, and its form was slightly bent. And furthermore, only some plastic boards remained on the floor. So when I once came into the place, I had to concentrate my steps to try not to breake the brittle, pale plastic and the rusted steel. I thought that it was a beautiful place, as I felt materials and myself at every step. In other words, it was quite the place where I felt myself, a part of environment, being fragile.

I often associate the worry of changing with something fragile, but I’m sure that the dialogue with something fragile tells me occasionally the another side of changing, the pleasure of changing.”

Michihiro Sato



Brooch, 2018, paper, silver, stainless steel

More work by Michihiro Sato

Brooch by Michihiro Sato Brooch , 2018, paper, silver, stainless steel ,
Brooch by Michihiro Sato Brooch , 2016, paper, silver, stainless steel ,
Oh my Buddha! by Michihiro Sato Oh my Buddha! , 2014, paper, silver, synthetic Japanese lacquer ,
Brooch by Michihiro Sato Brooch , 2014, paper, brass, stainless steel ,

Exhibitions

2016 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery

August 24 - September 24, 2016

The Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery is a biennial international Award that showcases excellence in international and Australian contemporary jewellery.  35 artists have been shortlisted from an international field of 413 entries from 48 countries.

Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery

August 12 to September 13, 2014

The inaugural Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery, won by Kiko Gianocca, Sara Gackowska and Patrícia Correia Domingues.