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The unique and optically stunning marbleized Japanese ceramics of Ogata Kamio have earned this rural artist membership positions in two craft societies in Japan and entry into many international exhibitions, despite the remote Hokkaido origin. 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 affect by creating multi-ridged, folded, and pleated forms that showcase the already optical effects of his uniquely refined neriage ware, fashioning works that completely depart from their ancient Chinese predecessors.

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