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Artist / Ogata Kamio

Ogata Kamio

Ogata Kamio  ( 1949 - 2022 ) , a native of the remote island of Hokkaidô, is a self-taught artist who has chosen to specialize in the extremely difficult art of neriage, or marbleized clay. Despite his lack of professional connections, Ogata is rapidly becoming recognized throughout the world for his unrivaled mastery and his works are collected by art museums.


1949 Born in Iwamizawa, Hokkaido in Japan 

1983 Set up studio in Shinshinotsu village Hokkaido

2003 Became official member of the Japan Crafts Association

2022 Passed away at the age of 73


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2023 Ogata Kamio: The Legend of Neriage, Touch Gallery, Hong Kong

2023 Ogata Kamio Memorial Exhibition, Iwamizawa City Art Museum, Masayuki Matsumoto Memorial Museum, Iwamizawa, Japan

2021 Super Neriage - Ogata Kamio Solo Exhibition", Touch Ceramics, Hong Kong

2020 AbenoHarukasu Art Gallery, Osaka 

2019 Joan B Mirviss LTD., New York 

2017 Ginza Ippodo, Tokyo

2010 Koge Ima, Ginza, Tokyo

2009 Saito Gallery, Sapporo

2007 Rakubido Chatokan, Yamagata Prefecture

2005 Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo

2004 Akasaka Inui Gallery, Tokyo 

2003 Nakamura Art Salon, Ibaraki Prefecture

2002 American club in Tokyo, Tokyo 

2001 Kogei Murata, Tokyo

1991 Daido Gallery, Sapporo (14 times)


Selected Group Exhibitions

2022 Greater Depth and Evolution: An Exhibition of the Expanding world of Traditional Crafts, Mitsukoshi Nihombashi Main Store Exhibition Hall, Tokyo

2021 Ogata kamio & Peter Hamann Exhibition, Gallery Kakiden, Tokyo

2021 8th TOBITEN (Japan Ceramics Art Association), Nihonbashi, Tokyo

2020 Time Travellers”, Touch Ceramics Gallery, Hong Kong, “Glimmer of Fluid II- Teaware and Sakeware Group Exhibition”, Touch Ceramics, Hong Kong

2018 Japan Now: Form+Function”, Gardiner Museum, Toronto Canada

2017 The Ceramic by Japan Ceramic Society Award Winner Exhibition, Wako, Tokyo 

2016 "A Palette for Genius"; Japanese Water Jars for the Tea Ceremony , Asia Week New York Exhibition in collaboration with Shibuya Kurodatoen Co, Joan B Mirviss LTD., New York

2015 “Tsubo: The Art of the Vessel”, Asia Week New York Exhibition in collaboration with Shibuya Kurodatoen Co, Joan B Mirviss LTD, New York, Contemporary Japanese Ceramics and their Sources, San Antonio Museum of Art, Texas

2014 “Into the Fold: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics”, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Florida

2013 “The Eight Winds”, Joan B Mirviss LTD, New York

2012 “Earth & Alchemy” ; Stephen D.Paine Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA

2010 Higashinihon dento kogei-ten (Eastern Japan Traditional Art Crafts Association Exhibition), MOA Museum, Atami, Shizuoka, "Blue", Joan B Mirviss LTD, New York

2009 Eastern Departures, Joan B Mirviss LTD, New York

2007 Asahi Ceramics Exhibition, Choza-sho Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition (2 times) 

2006 Cool & Sophisticated: Contemporary Master Ceramicists of Eastern Japan”, Ceramic Art Museum in Ibaraki

2005 The First Kikuchi Biennale, Tokyo

2003 Nihon tougei-ten (Japan Ceramics Exhibition; 2 times) 

2000 Gendai chato-ten (Contemporary Tea Ceramics Exhibition; 10 times)

1998 Mashiko tougeiten (Mashiko Ceramics Competition; 5 times) 

1986 Chunichi International Ceramic Exhibition (2 times)

1985 Nihon dento kogeiten (Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition; 8 times), Higashinihon dento kogeiten (The East Japan Traditional Art Craft Exhibition; 34 times)


Selected Awards

2016  Incentive Award, Japan Ceramic Society Hokkaido New Works Exhibition 

2005 Oribe Silver Prize, Gendai chato-ten, Toki, Gifu (Contemporarγ Tea Ceramics Exhibition) 

East Japan Area Prize, 45th Japan Traditional Art Crafts New Works Competition 

1988 Awarded Hokkaido Newspaper Prize, Japan (3 times)

Judge special prize, Mashiko Ceramic Exhibition (2 times)

Selected Public Collections

Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN (2004)

The Art Institute of Chicago (2018)

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2017)

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA (2016)

Saint Louis Museum of Art (2015)

New Orleans Museum of Art, LA (2009)

Metropolitan Museum 0f Art,NY (2006)

Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN (2004)

Art fairs


2022 Art Central Hong Kong

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