Masako Onodera is an artist who utilizes craft techniques and connects the audience emotionally to the materials and practices employed. Her creations suggest an experience of the body altered by the tactile and visual characteristics of the object.
Onodera is a recipient of the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award and a Mid-career Educational Endowment Scholarship from the Society of North American Goldsmiths. Her work has been published in journals and books suchas Metalsmith Magazine, the Art Jewelry Today series from Schiffer Publishing, the 500 series from Lark Crafts, and ACTIVA from Design Deffusion Edizioni, Milan, Italy. Onodera’s art is exhibited nationally and internationally and is included in many private and public collections such as the Mobile Museum of Art in Alabama, the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio, and the Racine Art Museum in Wisconsin. She graduated with an MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign in 2008 and currently is an Associate Professor at UW-Stout in Menomonie.