Suzye Ogawa

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  • About This Artist

    My work combines lost wax cast bronze with natural basketry materials. I grew up in a rich cultural environment and my father owned and operated a dental laboratory in which I learned to cast. Basketry has been primarily a craft by women using materials gathered in nature. Both of these art forms drive my creative spirit.

  • Q&A With This Artist

    A: Each piece is created in wax and "lost wax cast" into bronze, Argentum, silver or gold. The metal casting is polished and finished, stone set and then natural basketry materials and techniques are used to complete each piece.

    A: Most of my work is small. The largest pieces are 5 inches. Working small invites the viewer to take the time to see things differently.

    A: Most of my work is small. The largest pieces are 5 inches. Working small invites the viewer to take the time to see things differently.

    A: Each piece is an ongoing development and sometimes the materials take me in different directions than planned. The work evolves organically with many surprises.

    A: My father's ability to work wax and metal was amazing and is the foundation of all of my work. I use many of his tools and techniques today in honoring his legacy today.



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