Yuki Sumiya

Published: 08.05.2023


Yuki Sumiya is a contemporary jewelry artist based in Kamakura, Japan. Sumiya graduated from Joshibi College of Art and Design, Department of Metalsmithing in Tokyo, Japan. After graduating, Sumiya worked for a metalsmithing company as a blacksmith, and after that, she worked as an apprentice for jewelry artist Fumiko Hoshi, who served as a goldsmith. In 2005, Sumiya moved to Florence, Italy to study under Manfred Bischiff at Alchimia Contemporary Jewelry School. After graduating from Alchimia, she returned to Japan and established a jewelry studio in her home. Her work has been exhibited both solo and in groups in galleries or fairs such as Cominelli Foundation Collection.


My work explores the balance and relationship between opposite things or circumstances through material and form. I am inspired by the duality in nature such as its ability to take life and give life or to destroy and create. At the same time, I see this force of opposites as a means to keep a balance in the natural world. I also believe that humans are part of nature which is very important to my roots.

My work combines metal, natural lacquer and nylon stockings. The materials reference the concept regarding the relationship between artificial and natural objects. I mix synthetic fibers and natural lacquer utilizing the traditional hollow dry lacquer technique but replacing the linen cloth with nylon stocking materials for a smoother curve and a softer feel. For me, nylon represents the artificial world while lacquer represents the natural world. I also love metal as a material for my work, because it is a mineral that is mined from the earth. This process symbolizes a unique fusion of artificial and natural substances. The hollow pieces represent the space between things and the ambiguity that the pair of things are connected and cannot be clearly separated.

Through my work, I hope to maintain a balance and complement each other in order to explore the future we should have. For me, jewelry is a communication tool and has the power to accept and transform one’s values and experiences.


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Exhibition  08 Mar 2023 - 12 Mar 2023  ATTA Gallery at Frame 2023.
Award  25 Aug 2018 - 07 Oct 2018  Cominelli Foundation Award 2018.
Exhibition  06 Jul 2018 - 26 Aug 2018  Pin of Interest: Photographic Inspiration and Contemporary Jewelry.
Exhibition  16 Sep 2016 - 23 Oct 2016  6th Anniversary Exhibition.
Exhibition  24 Feb 2016 - 28 Feb 2016  A Tribute to Manfred Bischoff.
Award  29 Aug 2015 - 04 Oct 2015  Cominelli Foundation Award 2015.
Exhibition  22 Jun 2015 - 04 Sep 2015  White horse in a green meadow.
Fair  11 Mar 2015 - 17 Mar 2015  Schmuck 2015.
Exhibition  30 Aug 2014 - 05 Oct 2014  Cominelli Foundation Award for Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition.
Exhibition  05 Jun 2014 - 30 Jun 2014  Current.
Exhibition  08 Jan 2014 - 26 Jan 2014  CURRENT - MANO × Orizzonti.
Exhibition  18 Nov 2013 - 23 Nov 2013  Current.
Exhibition  03 Oct 2013 - 03 Nov 2013  Lucky 13: Celebrating ATTA Gallery’s 3rd Anniversary.
Exhibition  21 Nov 2012 - 06 Jan 2013  2012: The Beginning or The End.
Exhibition  14 Jan 2012 - 14 Feb 2012  Current.
Exhibition  21 Mar 2011 - 26 Mar 2011  CURRENT - contemporary jewellery exhibition.

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Magazine:  Art Aurea. 2020
Catalogue:  Schmuck 2015. 2015
Catalogue:  Cominelli Foundation Award for Contemporary Jewellery. 2013
Magazine:  Current Obsession Magazine #2. Sarah Mesritz and Marina Elenskaya:  Eindhoven,  2013
Book:  The Compendium Finale of Contemporary Jewellery Makers. Darling Publications:  Cologne,  2009
Book:  500 Pendants and Lockets. Lark Books.  2008
Book:  Alchimia. Massei, LuciaAlchimia Contemporary Jewellery School in Florence:  Florence / Tallinn,  2008
Catalogue:  Absolute Beauty. Gallery of Art in Legnica.  2007
Catalogue:  Marzee International Graduation Show. 2007