In 1967 Yoshiko Yamamoto discovered her passion for metal after taking a metals workshop in Tokyo. Pieces from this period will be among the selection of work shown in the exhibition, Yoshiko Yamamoto: Fifty Years of My Life’s Work. Upon graduating from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 1973, Yamamoto was invited to participate in her first group exhibition at the prestigious Elements Gallery in Greenwich, CT. Her pieces were showcased alongside the works of contemporary masters in the field: Jamie Bennett, Imogene Geiling, and Ramona Solberg. During that time, Yamamoto was also invited to work in the Atelier of the legendary jeweler, Miye Matsukata. In 1974, Yamamoto accepted a teaching position in the Department of Metals at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts,Boston, where she taught until 2011. Yamamoto generously shared her time and knowledge teaching a wide range of metalsmithing techniques, including raising, repousse, chasing, marriage of metals, inlay, granulation, reticulation, sand-casting, etching, patination, enameling and Japanese surface design techniques including Rokusho. Yamamoto has constantly explored and incorporated all of these techniques in her work. Yamamoto was recently recognized for her accomplishments with the honorary title, Professor Emeritus.
Yoshiko Yamamoto’s work ranges from timeless elegant pieces incorporating precious metals and stones to playful, kinetic earrings, brooches and rings. The recipient of Ford and Mellon Foundation Grants for the Arts, her work is held in numerous museum collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D. C. and the Long Beach Art Museum, California.
We invite all jewelry aficionados to visit this special exhibition, Yoshiko Yamamoto: Fifty Years of My Life’s Work which will be presented in two parts. Survey 1 opens at Mobilia Gallery on Saturday, June 10, 2017. Survey 2 will open at Mobilia Galley in September 2017.