Yuka Okane Inoue was born in 1961 and raised in a suburb of Tokyo. She started her career in the pharmaceutical industry and developed as a professional. She eventually realized her true passion and potential rested elsewhere: expressing her imagination and creativity by making art. After moving to the United States, Yuka began taking metalsmithing classes at a public college. Over several years, she explored design and processes to create three-dimensional objects using metals. Yuka produces contemporary objects through the implementation of traditional raising, forming, and fabrication techniques. She continued her studies at a local art center and developed her own body of work influenced by her Japanese culture. Throughout the years she has received international, national and local awards recognizing her achievement as an artist.
Previously, the work I created in metal was large enough to be held by both hands. It had been my intention to develop larger pieces, but I took an unforeseen sabbatical from metalsmithing for a couple of years. When I returned to my studio, I was thinking of making very small vessels. What could be done with a limited amount of materials? Miniature Vessels is my most recent body of work.