Meet the Artist: Hiroko Yamada

Hiroko is a studio artist and owner of the HYART Gallery in Madison, Wisconsin. She earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied art metal and jewelry and currently serves as an honorary fellow. Hiroko enjoys helping others realize their art inspirations and dreams. She teaches metal courses at Madison College as well as workshops at prestigious craft schools and institutions, such as Penland School of Crafts, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Kobe Designs University and Kyoto Museum of Arts. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at SOFA Chicago, Patina Gallery, Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery, Dan-Ginza Gallery and American Craft Council Shows.

American Red Cross: In Japanese culture, the dragonfly represents the idea of never giving up and carrying the spirit. As I created the piece, each stroke of the hammer echoed to me the involvement of the volunteers and workers of the American Red Cross. Each section of the piece represents the organization’s principles, coming together to create the embodiment of the what the Red Cross does and what it stands for.

Why art?
Art is a tool of communication. It allows us to reach out to the world and form connections.

What is your favorite place to go for inspiration?
The seashore is my most calming place.

Who or what is the biggest influence on your art?
My mentor and professor, Fred Fenster. He’s a fellow artist and former professor of art metals at UW-Madison.