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Summer 2005, vol 3 no 2

Traditional Haiga

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(Olga Hooper)

~ ceramic haiga


'looking glass river'


'autumn mountains'


'in today's grove'


'frosty morning'

'woman's day'

'crow silhouette'

'ocean waves'





Artist's Introduction
by ORIGA (Olga Hooper)

About a year ago, I started to paint on ceramic. It turned out to be a very enjoyable yet challenging adventure. All the pieces were painted in two art studios—one in Lansing and one in Grand Ledge, Michigan.

I use unbaked and unglazed dishes. Since it is impossible to paint with ink on unglazed ceramic, I have to use special colors provided by the studio, but the brushes are my usual bamboo brushes for sumi-e with natural hair. The dishes are then baked and glazed in the studio. The signature is hand-written on unglazed ceramic. It is extremely difficult to write with a calligraphy brush on the unglazed ceramic. I would certainly prefer to write haiku on the ceramic dishes and then have them baked and glazed with haiku and painting together, but it is simply impossible.

Since I like to create haiga with ceramic, I have to go a little beyond the meaning of a traditional haiga where a painting and a haiku are both hand-written with a brush on a paper. What I do is photograph the ceramic piece and place a haiku next to it digitally in the photo, i.e., integrate them into the field of the entire object and frame them as a unit. These haiga with ceramic are probably not under the exact definition of a traditional haiga, but rather, consist from the two elements; traditional—a ceramic piece itself painted in sumi-e style and modern—a digitally-placed haiku next to the photographed ceramic piece. This process is interesting and enjoyable to create

Origa is a pen name of Olga Hooper. She was born in Siberia, Russia. She graduated from Tyumen State University with a master's degree with honors in history and social sciences, and from post-graduate school with a written thesis in Russian history. For many years Olga has been a teacher in colleges and universities. Since 1998 after marrying an American man, she has lived in Michigan, USA with her husband, cats, and their children and grandchildren.

Origa is a devoted student of haiku, sumi-e, painting on ceramic, ikebana, Japanese language and literature, shakuhachi and koto music, and Japanese cuisine.

Her works have been published in the last issue of the World Haiku
Review (2004, v.4) where along with haiku and haibun she had a haiga
portfolio []; World Haiku 2005: The Anthology of the WHA; Reeds: Contemporary Haiga; Hermitage: A Haiku Journal; Yellow Moon; Shinzounokodou: Heartbeat; LYNX: XX: 1, February 2005; Simply Haiku; Haigaonline e-zine; Green Leaf - Haiga Pages where she has personal gallery of haiku, and Photo Gallery with haiga in collaboration with Ashe Wood (at; Temps Libres/Free Times e-zine; Haiku Stvarnost (Haiku Reality) e-zine; Dasokuî 2004; in Russian haiku almanac Haikumena 2004; and others. Since January 2004, Origa's haiga have been every month among winners of the World Haiku Association's Haiga contests.

Origa is a member of the World Haiku Club, World Haiku Association, Haiku Hut Poetry Forums, Cherry Poetry Club, Haiku-Do Russian haiku club.

Origa's most recent accomplishments are First Place and an Honorable Mention at the Kaji Aso Studio International Haiku Contest 2004 []; Third place in Shadow Poetry 3rd Biannual Chapbook Competition (2004); First place (tied with Kilmeny Niland) in 16 WHA Haiga contest (2004); First place in Russian Christmas Haiku contest 2004-2005.

Origa's web site Kankodori:
Origa's Live Journal:
Origa's Poetry Page on the WHA web site:

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