Ohara Koichi is a master potter based in Tokoname 常滑, Japan. Drawing his inspiration from the raw textures in the nature, Ohara mixes various local soils and materials to make his clay, glaze and slip, which often contain grit. His utility wares have a distinctive texture like aged patina. Some pieces remind us of the washed surface of rocks, some others of artefacts excavated from the bottom of the sea. Each piece is one-of-a-kind.
Ohara studied physics at Meisei University before becoming a ceramic artist. He learned from the ceramic heritage in Korea and Thailand as well as from Tokoname in Japan, a renowned base of ceramic industry and often referred to as “the Teapottery". In 20 years in Tokoname, he has designed and built three Anagama (wood-burning kilns), and also fired his works in one of them.
Ohara taught throwing to contemporary artist Theaster Gates (USA), and collaborated for his art projects. Another multi-disciplinary artist Ohara worked with is Camille Henrot (France) .
Please inquire two persimmons about commissions and collaborations with the artist.