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Asagi Maeda


Born in 1977. Raised in Tokyo.

She spent her childhood doing handicraft and drawing every day since her mother had a painting and crafting class for kids at home when she was 4-12 years old. Her favorite toy at that time was a puppet stage. self-made puppets, her original stories and theme songs alone. She also liked making picture books and placed them in the elementary school library. 

She studied sculpting at Tokyo Zokei University. She sculpted big marble sculptures at university. Because her grandfather cultured pearls and her mother made pearl necklaces as her job, she took a wax curving class at a school for jewelry making when she was junior. it right away but there, she met Metal Smith magazine (USA). She was attracted by the world of contemporary art jewelry introduced in the magazines and it made her to study jewelry seriously.

She went to NY. She first studied at Gemological In statute of America to get Graduate Gemologist. Then she studied jewelry making at Fashion Institute of America in NYC in one year. After her graduate, she started to exhibit her works at Mobilia Gallery in MA which still continues today.

Now she makes jewelry at home in Tokyo, exhibiting the works inside and outside of Japan. She also teaches wax curving class at Jyoshibi Art University in Tokyo.


 I  like looking out the window of a train and seeing the city of Tokyo; numerous houses, apartments, buildings… a city is a mass of boxes. boxes has a window and beyond each window a stranger's life exists. Innumerable stories are going on there. The fact that the city actually exists can overwhelm me- it's not imaginary.

We are all living only one precious moment.There are numberless, subtle yet different feelings we possess but cannot express by words.Various feelings, memories, and thoughts are like a universe that exists inside every person.By introducing one universe to another, endless intertwined stories are happening on this earth right now. And I am living as one of the main characters in one of those stories.

This knowledge inspires me with a courage so strong that I can drive all cares away. 


I create my works with this knowledge. I get motivated by meeting new people and things. I feel then that the universe inside of me expands a little bit more.

I make jewelry now. I think that the real jewel is the heart. Like imagination, like the universe, it expands. 

Eyes are the windows of the endless world inside. Shiny eyes, those touched by the world around them,  are the most beautiful gems. I would like to create true jewelry that can penetrate and brighten the eyes of those who see it. I would like to deliver my heart to your heart. I keep creating my jewelry with this idea in mind.

Work experience

2007-present    A part-time teacher

          _cc781905-5cde-3194 -bb3b-136bad5cf58d_           _cc781905 -5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_     _cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d major of art and sculpture at University of Art

2003-present   Self-employed Jewelry Artist


2001-2002   Fashion Institute of Technology, New York USA

          _cc781905-5cde-3194 -bb3b-136bad5cf58d_           Associate Degree – Jewelry Making

2000-2001   Gemological Institute of America, New York USA

          _cc781905-5cde-3194 -bb3b-136bad5cf58d_           Graduate Gemologist Diploma

1996-2000   Tokyo Zokei Art University, Tokyo Japan

          _cc781905-5cde-3194 -bb3b-136bad5cf58d_           _cc781905 -5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_BFA – Sculpting

Museum Collections

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston USA 
Museum of Arts and Design, New York City, USA 

The Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX, USA


Selected Solo Exhibitions

[Stories on the planet] at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Florida,USA

2022,2018,2016 Gallery Okariya Tokyo, Japan

2021, 2019 Asobino Gallery, Matsuya Ginza, Tokyo, Japan
2017,2011,2008 Mobilia Gallery, Boston USA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2004- every year at Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA,USA

2018,2014,2012,2011 “LOOT” at Museum of Arts and Design, NYC USA
2010 National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, Tennessee, USA


2010 Selected in "Exhibition in Print" by Metalsmith magazine, USA
2000 Zokei Art Award by Tokyo Zokei Art University, Japan
1999 Takifuji International Art Award by Japan Traffic Culture Association, Japan


Publications and Media

2017 “Narative Jewelry - Tales from the toolbox” by Mark Fenn , England

2012 “Beauty in all things: Japanese art and design” by Museum of Arts and Design, USA 

2010 Metal Smith Magazine VOL.30/No.4, USA 


United States


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