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.