Born 1946, Sapporo, Japan
OGAWA MACHIKO has been a vital force in the dialogue of contemporary clay since her arrival on the scene in 1985. First a pupil of Tamura, Fujimoto and Katō Hajime at Tokyo University of the Arts, Ogawa has furthered her early training with international travel, which included living and studying in Paris at the École d’Arts et Métiers and then in Burkina Faso in West Africa. Winner of the Japan Ceramic Society Award, she has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions at major galleries and museums throughout Japan. Some work resembles cracked ice, while other vessels have a volcanic, scorched earth appearance and others still resemble geological rock formations. While Japanese in origin, Ogawa’s work transcends national characterization, resonating with a universal sensibility.
"Avoiding deliberate primitivity, yet inspired by a sense of liberation from the narrow, hallowed strictures of lifelong training in the use of wheel and kiln, Ogawa does not so much use clay to achieve self-expression as make herself the means through which the clay reveals its inner strength, a process that she sees as one of self-discovery, an interjection of traces of humanity into evocations of the earth’s geologic cycles.”
JOE EARLE, former head of the Asian art departments at Victoria & Albert Museum and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Selected Museum Collections:
Aichi Prefectural Ceramics Museum, Japan
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford, UK
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
Baltimore Museum of Art, MD
Brooklyn Museum, NY
Chazen Museum of Art, The University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN
Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
Musée Tomo, Tokyo, Japan
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura and Hayama, Japan
Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu, Japan
Musée national des Arts asiatiques-Guimet, Paris, France
Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, Japan
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
Rakusui-tei Museum of Art, Toyama, Japan
River Retreat Garaku, Toyama, Japan
Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL
Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA
Sōgetsu Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Suntory Museum of Art, Toyko, Japan
Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Japan
Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Japan
Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Japan
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
Torn red conical vessel revealing inserted white form
Unglazed porcelain and stoneware with iron-oxide glaze
15 1/2 x 13 1/4 in.
Crystals and Memories
Porcelain, glass, gold overglaze
9 x 17 1/4 x 9 1/8 in.
Sculpture in the form of a torn, crescent-shaped section of a collapsed vessel
Porcelaneous stoneware with glass glaze
9 1/2 x 26 1/4 x 17 in.
Rectangular rock-shaped sculpture
Multi-fired unglazed porcelain with glass
11 x 12 1/2 x 7 in.
Layered, fragmented vessel with pooling blue-green translucent crackled glass
Unglazed multi-fired porcelain with glass
5 1/2 x 18 1/2 x 15 3/8 in.
Ovoid red vessel with linear motif, torn and uneven rim
Stoneware with iron-oxide glaze
7 1/2 x 13 1/4 x 11 1/2 in.
Roughly hewn vessel with two clay types and torn rims
Stoneware and porcelain with glass glaze
11 7/8 x 33 7/8 x 18 1/2 in.
Rectangle glazed slab with roundish shards
12 1/8 x 20 x 21 7/8 in.