OGAWA Machiko
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OGAWA Machiko (1946-) This deceptively simple piece is actually carefully and skillfully crafted. It has been built up through coiling ropes of clay and then intentionally crumbled to resemble something primitive and antique, bringing to mind the ruins of an ancient society. Very early Japanese pottery often employed this red hue, which carries an inherent solidity and earthiness, and, like this piece, was made by women. In this way this piece reaches back into the past to evoke the great history of Japanese art. Its raw edges and prominent crevices communicate its rich emotional content, and the tension between this sense of decay and the rich elegance of the surface creates deep visual interest.After struggling to establish her career in the male-dominated field of ceramics, this artist has become widely respected by both collectors and the wider artistic community. She is often asked to judge exhibitions, and received an award from the Japanese Ceramic Society for this piece. 


Selected Museum Collections :


Aichi Prefectural Ceramics Museum, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australia, Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture, Hanford, CA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Musée Tomo, Tokyo, Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu, National Museum of Modern Art, TokyoSōgetsu Art Museum, Tokyo, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT


Utsuwa ; Vessel

H: 10" x W: 15.75" x D: 15"

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