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Tetsuou Ogawa / Ceramic Artist
Famous Japanese ceramic artist.
Using the same techniques from the Heian period, he is able to create various potteries, mainly artwork and Jomon earthenware.
In the spring, he goes into the mountains to find raw materials. During the summer, he refines clay, ash, glaze and more. He fires the firewood kilns in the fall and cuts wood to make firewood in the winter.
Tetsuo Ogawa performs all pottery-related processes by himself.
Each work has vitality, and the potter’s sacred heart and love are imbued on all living things used as raw materials.
Currently, he holds solo exhibitions several times a year at galleries and department stores throughout Japan.
He is a potter who will not only draw one’s attention in Japan but also all over the world in the near future.
The only Ogawa kiln where you fire soil, water, wind and fire in firewood kilns surrounded by nature.
In the modern years, electric and gas kilns are used for firing, but Ogawa kilns use traditional firewood. Firing with firewood requires a high level of skills since humidity and temperature can change daily.
Potteries are created by talking to the kiln regardless of the time of day or night and using the potter’s exquisite senses.
Ogawa kilns are fired at 1300 ℃ or higher, making them durable and unlikely to break that can last forever if handled with care.
All potteries fired in Ogawa kilns are easily affected by nature as they are finished in the firewood kiln but with Tetsuou Ogawa’s high degree of techniques, the potteries become sophisticated art pieces.
At Ogawa kiln, he makes pottery using thetraditional process continuing from ancient times with having respect forvarious gods.
He not only makes his works with his hands but also with his thorough emotional empathy and imbues his soul into his works.
He experienced Jomon life, and reproduced the clothing, food and shelter of that time for a year. And he learned about the Jomon people’ s emotions and sorrows from his experiences. His works born from this knowledge are sold with confidence.