Hanabi / Out of My Mind / Cosmos
by Yuki Ferdinandsen

The pattern bursts out in a sudden release of energy, like fireworks or the birth of a new galaxy

Out of My Mind

The pattern on the three ‘Hanabi’ (‘fireworks’) dishes bursts out from the still centre of the silver disc. The number of dots remains the same throughout the disc, but they vary in size and gradually move farther apart. The effect creates the impression of a sudden release of energy, like an explosion radiating out from the centre. In ‘Cosmos’, the pattern suggests a similarly powerful release of energy. Here, the release results in a galaxy formation, as the gravitational centre slings hundreds of fragments into space in a spiralling motion. ‘Out of my Mind’ repeats the explosive effect of the ‘Hanabi’ dishes. Here, though, the energy appears to have been trapped inside the vessel, tearing a slightly jagged hole in the centre as it burst free.

In stark contrast to these explosive images, the patterns are created in a painstaking and almost hypnotic process. The objects are hand-raised using a hammer with a chased surface, which produces the delicately textured surface. The meticulously planned decorative pattern is created using the ancient Japanese artisanal technique ‘arare’. Arare is Japanese for ‘hail’ and refers to the tiny bumps, which are individually hammered out. Each ‘hail’ receives about twenty hammer blows, which gives the raised dots their highly polished shine. The semi-matt moon-white surface of the lighter pieces is the result of an acid bath.

925s Sterling silver

Hanabi #1: Ø 50 cm
Hanabi #2: Ø 45 cm
Hanabi #3: Ø 40 cm
Out of my Mind: Ø 49.5 cm H 10.5 cm
Cosmos: L 36.5 cm W 31.5 cm H 13 cm

Silver, 925s and (Hanabi #2) oxidized silver, 925s

Yuki Ferdinandsen
Japanese silversmith and metal chaser, b. 1958

Yuki Ferdinansen combines her Japanese background and training with her experiences from living in Denmark. In her own words, she now sees Japan through a Danish filter. In her work, she brings these vastly different cultures together, allowing them to rearrange themselves naturally. She works in silver, using the ancient Japanese arare technique in objects that draw on inspiration from nature and influences from Danish modern design. Another source of inspiration to her is the properties of silver: its simultaneously hot and cold glow. The durability and solidity, which can be made malleable and flexible with the right techniques and plenty of patience. The weight, which seems to be suspended in objects with an almost floating character. To Yuki Ferdinandsen, the lengthy process with the thousands of hammer blows is a rhythmic dance that never gets tiring.

2002-6, 2014: Silversmith and metal chaser at Georg Jensen
1999: Graduated from the Institute for Precious Metals, Copenhagen
1998: Studies in Japan
1982- 87: Kanazawa Industrial Art, Kyoto
1981-82 and 1993-97: Tsuibu Metal Art School, Kyoto
1979: Designer at Juraku Kimono Company, Kyoto
1979: Graduated from Saga Junior College

Selected grants and honours
2015: Schoonhoven Silver Award, the Netherlands
2013, 2010: HAMMERCLUB Awards, 1st prize
2012: Karl Gustav Hansen Prize

Selected exhibitions
2012, 2001: 2nd and 8th Cheongju International Craft Biennales, Korea
2015, 2009: ‘Collect’, Saatchi Gallery, London
2007, 2003: Embassy of Japan, Cultural Centre, Copenhagen

Selected collections
2015: Nationalmuseum, Stockholm
2013: National Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Trondheim, Norway
2009: Designmuseum Danmark, Copenhagen


MINDCRAFT / Tuala Hjarnø

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