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Yuki Ferdinandsen (Japanese, b. 1958) is a metalsmith artist living and working in Denmark whose refined minimalist works embody the aesthetics and traditional craftsmanship of her native Japan as distilled through a Danish lens. Working primarily in silver, she draws inspiration from nature as well as the Fibonacci system of spirals. Ferdinandsen’s work demonstrates a profound relationship to her material; the organic forms are articulated with rhythmic patterns created by the “arare” technique, by which raised dots are created through multiple strikes of a chasing hammer. Approximately 20 hits are required to create each bead-like protrusion, and the meditative and repetitive nature of the process imbues her works with an ethereal quality.

A subtle and nuanced play of light and shadow also emerges on the textured surfaces of the vessels, complemented by a semi-matte, whitened silvery finish achieved through an acid solution bath. Ferdinandsen describes her process in this way: “Every sound in the rhythm of my ‘hammer’s dance’ I feel in the whole of my body and enjoy within my soul. This is work that never suffers from fatigue.”

Ferdinandsen studied at the Saga Junior College of Art, and the Tsuibu Metal Art School, both in Kyoto, Japan. She has exhibited throughout Japan, Scandinavia and Europe, and her work has been placed in both private and public collections including the Danish Design Museum, Copenhagen, and The National Museum, Stockholm.

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EDUCATION
1977 – 79  Saga Junior College of Art, Kyoto, Japan
1981 – 82  Tsuibu Metal Art School, Kyoto
1988 – 89  The Institute for Precious Metals at the Goldsmith High School, Copenhagen
1993 – 97  Tsuibu Metal Art School, Kyoto
1997 – 99  The Institute for Precious Metals at the Goldsmith High School, Copenhagen
1998         Studies in Japan

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
1996  Gallery Tobei, Kyoto, Japan
1997  Gallery Tobei, Kyoto, Japan
1996  Gallery CREER, Kyoto, Japan
1999  Gallery Paruko, Osaka, Japan
1999  Solo exhibition: The Booktrader, Copenhagen
1999  Charlottenborgs Forårsudstilling
2000  Gallery CREER, Kyoto, Japan 
2000  Gallery YAMAMOTO, Kyoto, Japan
2000  Afgangsudstilling fra Institut for Ædelmetal, Copenhagen
2001  Gallery CREER, Kyoto, Japan 
2001  The 2nd Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Korea. Silver Medal
2002  Exhibition at GUG group, Aalborg
2002  Gallery Raft, Tokyo, Japan
2003  Gallery CREER, Kyoto, Japan 
2003  Solo exhibition, The Japanese embassy’s Culturecenter, Copenhagen
2003  Art-union “14 / 8”, Danish Design Museum, Copenhagen
2004  Gallery CREER, Kyoto, Japan 
2004  ”Fannys venner” group exhibition, Norway
2004  ”Fannys venner” group exhibition, gallery OFFICINET, Copenhagen
2005  ”Kunsthåndværkerprisen af 1879” Danish Design Museum, Copenhagen
2005  Exhibition “Japan/Denmark, Art and Craft”, Dronninglund (Denmark)
2007  Solo exhibition at the Japanese embassy’s Culturecenter, Copenhagen.
2007  Solo exhibition at Gallery SEIKADO, Kyoto, Japan
2007  “Kunsthåndværkerprisen at 1879” Art and Craft prize of 1879, silver medal
2007   “FUNC ART” Gallery Drud & Køppe. Copenhagen
2008  ”Skattejagt” Danish Design Museum,
2009  Collect, Galleri MONTAN, Saatchi Gallery, London
2009  “Bordets ægte glæder,” Museum at Koldinghus
2009  ”Take Away,” Galleri MONTAN, Copenhagen 
2009   “Kander,” Galleri MONTAN, Copenhagen
2010  HammarClub,  “Objects of Light,” Danish Design Museum, Copenhagen, 1st Prize
2010   “Silver,” Galleri MONTAN, Copenhagen
2011  “Lækkerier,” Grønbechs Gård, Bornholm
2011  “Dedikeret Sølv,” Museum at Koldinghus
2011 ”Arare,” Solo Exhibition, Galleri MONTAN, Copenhagen
2012  “Craft Embracing the World,” Korean Craft Museum, Korea
2012 “Water and Bread,” Galleri MONTAN, Copenhagen
2012 “Arare,” soloe xhibition at LOD, Stockholm, Sweden
2012  Solo exhibition at Koldinghus Museum, Denmark
2013  HammarClub, “Midsummer Night,” Museum of Decorative Arts, Trondheim, Norway, 1st Prize

2013  “Highlights” Galleri MONTAN, Copenhagen
2013  17th Silber Triennial, Hanau, Germany
2013  “Festival of Silver,” The Goldsmiths ́ Centre, London, England
2014  “Hammered”, Koldinghus Museum, Denmark
2014  HammarClub Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany, 3rd Prize
2015  “Same but not the Same,” Galleri Sebastian Schildt+, Sweden
2015  Collect, Galleri Sebastian Schildt+, Saatchi Gallery, London
2016  TEFAF, Maastricht, Gallery Adrian Sassoon.
2016  “MINDCRAFT16” Milan Design week, Danish ArtsFoundation
2016  18th Silber Triennial, Hanau, Germany
2016  Gallery FUMI, at Porto Cervo, Sardinia.
2016  “Masterpiece”, London, Gallery Adrian Sassoon
2016  Pavilion of Art and Design, London, Gallery Adrian Sassoon 
2016  Danish Silversmiths 40-Years anniversary Exhibition, Denmark
2017  TEFAF, Maastricht, Gallery Adrian Sassoon
2017  “MINDCRAFT17” Milan Design week, Danish Arts Foundation
2017  HammarClub, Pforzheim, Germany
2017  “NOMAD” Monaco, Gallery FUMI
2017  “Forged” Gallerie HANDWERK, Munich
2017  Pavilion of Art and Design, London, Gallery FUMI
2017  “My Hammer ́s Dance,” solo Exhibition Galleri MONTAN, Copenhagen
2018  “Modern Masters”, Handwerk & Design, Munich
2018  TEFAF, Maastricht. Gallery Adrian Sassoon HammarClub Hanau, Germany
2018  “Pouring Pots”, Bayerischer Kunstgewerbeverein, Munich
2018  “Dots, Circles and Sphere”, Gallerie HANDWERK, Munich
2018  “Japan Return,” Danish Arts Foundation at Gallery A. Petersen, Copenhagen
2018  “Afterparty,” Institute of Precious Metals ,The Round tower, Copenhagen
2018  “Different but Same,” Koldinghus Museum, Kolding
2019  “Renewal,” HammarClub, Dundee Scotland. 2nd Prize
2019  “Worthy of a Queen,” Copenhagen Goldsmiths ́Guild. At Galleri MONTAN
2020 “Open Up,” HammarClub, Schoonhoven, Netherland
2020 “Late Summer Exhibition,” Galleri MONTAN, Copenhagen, Denmark

COLLECTIONS
2009  Danish Design Museum, Copenhagen
2011  The Danish Arts Foundation, Copenhagen
2011, 2012  The Silver Museum at Koldinghus, Kolding
2013  Nordenfjeldske Museum of Decorative Arts, Trondheim, Norway
2014  The National Museum Stockholm, Sweden
2015  The National Museum Stockholm, Sweden

AWARDS
2001   The 2nd Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Korea. Silver Medal
2005  ”Kunsthåndværkerprisen af 1879” Art and Craft prize of 1879, Bronze Medal
2010  1st Prize,Best of the Year, HAMMERCLUB 2010, Copenhagen
2012  Karl Gustav Hansen Prize, “Silversmith of the Year”
2013  1st Prize, Best of the Year, HAMMERCLUB 2013, Trondheim, Norway
2014  3rd Prize, HAMMARCLUB 2014, Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany
2015   Winner of the Schoonhoven Silver Award
2019   2nd Prize, Hammarclub , Dundee, Scotland
2019   The Ole Haslund ́s Artist Grant

 

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