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Machiko Ogawa

b. 1946

Born in 1946 in Sapporo, a city of the Hokkaido Prefecture of Japan, Machiko Ogawa studied crafts at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music and graduated in 1969. From there, she went on to study ceramics at l’École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Appliqués et des Métiers d’Art in Paris until 1971, and then in Burkina Faso, West Africa until 1975. 

Machiko Ogawa’s work is deeply influenced by her travels as well as her fascination with fossils, minerals and the earth. She has explored many diverse places including subsaharan Africa and South America. 

Ogawa has been acknowledged for her unique and significant contribution to the arts. She received The Japan Ceramic Society Award in 2001, the 58th Minister of Education and Culture Award for Fine Arts in 2008 and the Prize of Excellence from the Musée Tomo in 2010, among others. 

The Art Gallery of Western Australia in Perth, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo are among the many public institutions that have acquired her work. 

Portrait of Machiko Ogawa Untitled

Solo Exhibitions

  1. Machiko Ogawa - 2016 Solo Exhibition 8 June - 3 July 2016

Group Exhibitions

  1. TEN GREAT WORKS 11 - 28 October 2022
  2. Small Works, Great Artists 15 February - 11 March 2022
  3. Small Works, Great Artists 19 March - 6 April 2021
  4. Small Works, Great Artists 18 February - 15 March 2020
  5. Small Works, Great Artists 26 February - 21 March 2019
  6. Twelve Artists 11 April - 6 May 2017
  7. International Ceramics 9 August - 8 September 2016