Suzye Ogawa grew up immersed in traditional Japanese arts and crafts in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.
Her father, Howard Ogawa, was a pioneering dental technician there with a lab full of tools. After taking a basket-making class in the 1980s, Suzye combined these influences into her signature miniature lost-wax cast-bronze vessels, which incorporate textured surfaces and natural fibers such as sweetgrass and silk. “I had the metal and the fiber, I like to work small—I’m nearsighted—and I had this really rich Japanese cultural environment that was subliminally giving me cues,” she says.
Shown above: Sample of Suzye’s work. Photo by Nik Z.
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