Ogata Kamio

b. 1949


Round neriage (marbleized) vessel, 2014
Marbleized stoneware
13 1/4 x 13 1/8 in.
Inv# 8734
$ 8,500

Artist Bio

The unique and optically stunning marbleized 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.


1949 Born in Iwamizawa-city, Hokkaidō
1983 Built a kiln in Shinshinozu village, Hokkaidō
1992 Became an official member of Hokkaidō Ceramic Art Association
1994 Retired from teaching ceramics at the Shinshinozu Institute for Handicapped People
2003 Invited to join as official member of Nihon Kōgeikai (Japanese Crafts Society)


1984 Entry to All Hokkaidō Ceramic Exhibition (thereafter every year until '00)
1988 Awarded Hokkaidō Newspaper Prize, Japan Ceramic Exhibition: New Works (also in '95 and ‘05)
1998 Awarded Judge Special Prize, Third Mashiko Ceramics Competition, Tochigi
(also in '00)
2000 Entry to the Crafts Competition, Takaoka
Awarded the Judge’s Special Prize, Mashiko Ceramic Exhibition
2005 East Japan Area Prize, 45th Traditional Art Crafts New Work Competition
Oribe Silver Prize, at the Contemporary Tea Ceramics Exhibition
2012 Awarded Special Prize, Dentō kōgei no takumi (Masters of Traditional Crafts),
Palace Hotel, Tokyo

Solo Exhibitions:

1991 Daidō Gallery, Sapporo (also in '93, '94, and '96-'00)
1994 Aterier M, Hino, Tokyo (also in '96, 98, '00, '02)
2001 Gallery Kōgei Murata, Ginza, Tokyo
2002 Tokyo American Club, Tokyo
2003 Nakamura Bijutsu Salon, Shimodate (also in ’05, ’08, ‘12)
2004 Inui Gallery, Akasaka, Tokyo
2005 Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Art Gallery, Tokyo
2006 Marui Imai, Sapporo
2007 Raku Bidō Chatō, Yamagata (also in ’10 and ‘13)
2009 Saitō Gallery, Sapporo (thereafter annually)
2010 Kōgei Ima, Tokyo (also in ‘12)

Group Exhibitions:

1985 Nihon dentō kōgeiten (Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition) (also in ‘95, ‘02-’04, thereafter three additional times)
Higashinihon dentō kōgeiten (Eastern Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition) (thereafter every year)
1986 Chūnichi International Ceramic Exhibition (also in '87)
1997 5-nin ten (Five-artist Exhibition), Tachikichi Gallery, Kyoto
1998 Mashiko tōgeiten (Mashiko Ceramics Competition), Mashiko Musuem of Ceramic Art, Mashiko Tochigi (also in ’02, '04, ‘08)
1999 The 30th-year Anniversary of Hokkaidō Ceramic Art Association Exhibition, Hokkaidō
2000 Gendai chato-ten (Contemporary Tea Ceramics Exhibition) (thereafter additional 4 times)
The 5th Silver-hawk Internet Exhibition, US
2002 Group exhibition of 6 local artists, Yūbari Municipal Museum, Hokkaidō
2003 Nihon tōgeiten (Japan Ceramics Exhibition) (also in ‘05)
Forms of Ceramics, Ceramic Art Center, Ebetsu, Hokkaidō
2005 The First Kikuchi Biennale, Musée Tomo, Tokyo
2006 Cool & Sophisticated: Contemporary Master Ceramists of Eastern Japan, Ibaraki
Ceramic Art Museum, Ibaraki
2007 Asahi Ceramics Exhibition
Chōza-shō Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition
2009 Eastern Departures, Joan B. Mirviss LTD, New York
2010 Blue, Joan B. Mirviss LTD, New York
SOFA West, Santa Fe; Joan B. Mirviss, Ltd.
Contemporary Traditional Craft: The 50th Anniversary Special Exhibition of Higashinihon Dentō Kōgei-ten (Eastern Japan Traditional Crafts Association Exhibition), MOA Museum, Atami, Japan
2012 Earth & Alchemy, Stephen D. Paine Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston
2013 The Eight Winds: Chinese Influence on Japanese Ceramics, Joan B. Mirviss Ltd., NY

Selected public collections:

Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin,WI
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN
New Orleans Museum of Art, LA


"Ceramics of Traditional Crafts," Honoho Geijutsu. vol. 79, (Tokyo: Abe Shuppan, 2004).

Dai-7-kai Mashiko tōgeiten (The 7th Mashiko Ceramics Competition 2008), Mashiko: Mashiko Pottery Art Executive Committee, 2008, p.39, cat.no. 26

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Gallery Exhibitions

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