Born in Tokyo in 1960.
After leaving his position as an editor of magazine in Tokyo, he graduated from Aichi Ceramic Higher Technical Collage in 1996. In 1998, he started his career as an independent potter. In 2007 he moved his atelier to Nara prefecture, and built his own climbing kiln in 2009.
Message from Atsushi Ogata
There is a word ‘ Kannyu’ in Japanese which means small cracks appear on the surface of glaze.As some stains or tea incrustation are left inside of these cracks, the tableware gradually gets a distinctive well-kept atmosphere.My work called “Hibite” is the expression of engobe having a feeling of cracks.The cracks as a gift of natural reactions of clay and engobe themselves attract me. I might be irresistibly drawn to the trace of nature’s blessing, the reaction of fire and soil, on crackled face.