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Ogata Kamio

Ogata Kamio

Photography by Kohji Inoue

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Born 1949, Iwamizawa-city, Hokkaidō, Japan

The unique and optically stunning marbleized ceramics of OGATA KAMIO have earned this Hokkaido artist membership positions in two craft societies in Japan and entry into many international exhibitions, despite his rural birthplace. Ogata’s chosen technique is neriage in which an assemblage of hundreds of paper-thin layers of colored clay is thrown creating a single vessel with distinct, striated, linear patterns. Ogata further heightens the effect by creating multi-ridged, folded, and pleated forms that enhance the already optical effects of his uniquely refined neriage ware, fashioning works that completely depart from their ancient Chinese predecessors.

Ogata strives to create a rhythmic sensibility within each vessel. The many fine layers of graduated blues, grays and whites coupled with the pleated surfaces create an optical illusion of movement thus re-enforcing the idea of rippling waves moving around or through the vessel.

"When thinking about wave patterns on the surface, came into my mind was the black river in Kōrin’s byōbu screen, Red and White Plum Blossoms. I wanted to create a river in my works. In the process of making it, I also noticed an optical illusion."

OGATA KAMIO

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Selected Public Collections:

Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin, WI
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
New Orleans Museum of Art, LA
Newark Museum, NJ
Saint Louis Art Museum, MO

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