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 of Iwamizawa-city, Hokkaidō. Ogata’s chosen technique was 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 heightened 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 always strove 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."
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
Marbleized, carved, ridged-surface vessel "Waves"
Neriage (marbleized) stoneware with transparent matte-glazed interior
7 3/4 x 7 7/8 x 7 7/8 inches
Marbleized, carved, ridged-surface ceramic sculpture "Lunar Laqnding"
Neriage (marbleized) stoneware with transparent matte glazed
10 1/8 x 10 7/8 x 7 inches
Standing, conical, neriage (marbleized) vessel in blue, gray and white with carved, pleated surface and rolled-in mouth
10 x 10 x 10 ihches
Standing, conical, concave-mouthed neriage (marbleized) vessel with blue, green, gray and white pleated surface
11 3/4 x 12 1/4 in.
Flared neriage (marbleized) vase
12 x 11 inches
Four-sided sharp-edged, rounded neriage (marbleized) vessel with square base that stretches into a rounded triangular mouth with pleated surface of gray, white, black, and teal colored clays, 2013
Marbleized stoneware, 11 7/8 x 9 7/8 in.