Born in Sapporo in 1946, Ogawa Machiko studied Crafts at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. As the first woman admitted to the prestigious ceramic department, Ogawa is a pioneer in her field. She is inspired by the natural beauty of the earth and the seaside. Her work meditates upon grand ideas that span beyond the human lifetime: materiality, our anthropocene, deep earth. Her works take on naturalistic textures of rocks, boulders, and cliffsides, evoking an elemental character too. She examines the character of clay, considering the microscopic minerals and crystals that constitutes her fired stoneware. The object’s core materials guide her artistic process, embracing imperfection and allowing the natural formation of clay to reveal itself to her.
Ogawa’s technical prowess shines in her elegant forms that span both sculptural and functional. She currently works in Kanagawa, Japan.