Mari Ogihara from Raphael Badan | FCKSmedia on Vimeo.

Mari Ogihara is a ceramic sculptor based in White Plains, New York. She
was born in Japan but grew up in Michigan most of her life. After
receiving a BFA from the University of Michigan in 2003, she went on to
study in Kyoto, Japan to experience ceramics in her native country. Upon
her return she attended Temple University of Philadelphia to receive
her MFA in 2006. During her studies at Temple, Ogihara traveled to
Southeast Asia and studied abroad to Gujarat, India. Traveling and
experiencing new culture inspires her work. She admires the temples and
cathedrals in each country, especially the figurative architectural
follies that decorate their exterior. Ogihara has completed several
ceramic residencies including a year at the Clay Art Center in Port
Chester, New York, and at AIR Vallauris in France in summer 2008. Her
work can be viewed in national and international exhibitions. Ogihara
will travel to Brazil in summer 2011 to Instituto Sacatar where she has
been awarded a fellowship to continue her ceramics research.