Conversations in Clay

West Meets East: A Collector's Perspective

November 16, 2011 – January 21, 2012

KATSUMATA Chieko & Chris GUSTON
as seen in the New York Times article
December 2, 2011

KATSUMATA Chieko (b. 1950)
Biomorphic sculpture in the form of a pumpkin with matte glazes in pink, green, 2010
Glazed Shigaraki clay
9 7/8 x 10 x 10 1/4 inches
Inv# 6572

KATSUMATA Chieko (b. 1950)
Biomorphic sculpture in the form of a pumpkin with matte glazes in pink, green, 2010
Glazed Shigaraki clay
9 7/8 x 10 x 10 1/4 inches
Inv# 6572

KATSUMATA Chieko (b. 1950)
Biomorphic sculpture in the form of a pumpkin with matte glazes in pink, green, 2010
Glazed Shigaraki clay
9 7/8 x 10 x 10 1/4 inches
Inv# 6572

Hans COPER & MIHARA Ken

Hans COPER (1920-1981)
Large Composite Form with Disc Top Digswell, 1958
Stoneware
10.75 x 10 inches
Inv# 7127

Hans COPER (1920-1981)
Large Composite Form with Disc Top Digswell, 1958
Stoneware
10.75 x 10 inches
Inv# 7127

Hans COPER (1920-1981)
Large Composite Form with Disc Top Digswell, 1958
Stoneware
10.75 x 10 inches
Inv# 7127

MIHARA Ken (b. 1958)
Multi-fired stoneware vessel with surface colorations, 2011
14 x 13 3/8 x 9 1/4 inches
Inv# 7052

MIHARA Ken (b. 1958)
Multi-fired stoneware vessel with surface colorations, 2011
14 x 13 3/8 x 9 1/4 inches
Inv# 7052

MIHARA Ken (b. 1958)
Multi-fired stoneware vessel with surface colorations, 2011
14 x 13 3/8 x 9 1/4 inches
Inv# 7052

MIHARA Ken (b. 1958)
Multi-fired stoneware vessel with surface colorations, 2011
14 x 13 3/8 x 9 1/4 inches
Inv# 7052

MIHARA Ken (b. 1958)
Multi-fired stoneware vessel with surface colorations, 2011
14 x 13 3/8 x 9 1/4 inches
Inv# 7052

OGAWA Machiko & Adrian SAXE

The following images are pairings.
Family names are capitalized. Pairings are in West/East order.

Peter VOULKOS (1924-2002)
Large circular platter punctuated with stones, 1975
Stoneware
3 5/8 x 19 1/2 inches
Inv# 7152

Peter VOULKOS (1924-2002)
Large circular platter punctuated with stones, 1975
Stoneware
3 5/8 x 19 1/2 inches
Inv# 7152

Ralph BACERRA (1938-2008)
Untitled geometric-patterned turquoise bowl, 2005
Stoneware with turquoise and black glazes
11 x 22 inches
Inv# 7125

Ralph BACERRA (1938-2008)
Untitled geometric-patterned turquoise bowl, 2005
Stoneware with turquoise and black glazes
11 x 22 inches
Inv# 7125

Ralph BACERRA (1938-2008)
Untitled geometric-patterned turquoise bowl, 2005
Stoneware with turquoise and black glazes
11 x 22 inches
Inv# 7125

Ralph BACERRA (1938-2008)
Untitled geometric-patterned turquoise bowl, 2005
Stoneware with turquoise and black glazes
11 x 22 inches
Inv# 7125

MORINO Taimei (Hiroaki) (b. 1934)
Flattened vessel with silver abstract patterning against deep purple ground with green dots, 2010
Stoneware with purple, silver and green glazes
13x 12 x 6 1/2 inches

Carlo ZAULI (1926-2002)
Sphere
1987
Stoneware
15 x 12 5/8 x 13 inches

Carlo ZAULI (1926-2002)
Sphere
1987
Stoneware
15 x 12 5/8 x 13 inches

Carlo ZAULI (1926-2002)
Sphere
1987
Stoneware
15 x 12 5/8 x 13 inches

Carlo ZAULI (1926-2002)
Sphere
1987
Stoneware
15 x 12 5/8 x 13 inches

Ruth DUCKWORTH (1919-2009)
Green-glazed conical vessel #48491, 1991
Glazed porcelain
4 5/8 x 5 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches
Inv# 7130

Ruth DUCKWORTH (1919-2009)
Green-glazed conical vessel #48491, 1991
Glazed porcelain
4 5/8 x 5 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches
Inv# 7130

Ruth DUCKWORTH (1919-2009)
Green-glazed conical vessel #48491, 1991
Glazed porcelain
4 5/8 x 5 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches
Inv# 7130

YAGI Kazuo (1918-1979)
White glazed footed bowl with diagonal markings, 1950
Stoneware with turquoise and white crater glazes
5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches
Inv# 6098

Andrew LORD (b. 1950)
The Chinese jar in the afternoon. Angled. Shaded. Coloured., 1981
Earthenware, painted with colored slips under a clear glaze
Provenance Blum Helman Gallery, New York, coll. Betty Asher, Los Angeles.
11.75 x 9.25 inches, Inv# 7137

Andrew LORD (b. 1950)
The Chinese jar in the afternoon. Angled. Shaded. Coloured., 1981
Earthenware, painted with colored slips under a clear glaze
Provenance Blum Helman Gallery, New York, coll. Betty Asher, Los Angeles.
11.75 x 9.25 inches, Inv# 7137

Andrew LORD (b. 1950)
The Chinese jar in the afternoon. Angled. Shaded. Coloured., 1981
Earthenware, painted with colored slips under a clear glaze
Provenance Blum Helman Gallery, New York, coll. Betty Asher, Los Angeles.
11.75 x 9.25 inches, Inv# 7137

Andrew LORD (b. 1950)
The Chinese jar in the afternoon. Angled. Shaded. Coloured., 1981
Earthenware, painted with colored slips under a clear glaze
Provenance Blum Helman Gallery, New York, coll. Betty Asher, Los Angeles.
11.75 x 9.25 inches, Inv# 7137

KISHI Eiko (b. 1948)
Large sculpture in the form of a ‘bird’ and colored clay inlays, 2007
Stoneware
29 x 20 1/8 x 5 inches
Inv# 5435
$8,500

KISHI Eiko (b. 1948)
Large sculpture in the form of a ‘bird’ and colored clay inlays, 2007
Stoneware
29 x 20 1/8 x 5 inches
Inv# 5435
$8,500

Robert TURNER (1913-2005)
Glazed and sanded dome-shaped vessel, 1976
Deep red glazed earthenware
10 x 8.5 inches
Inv# 7151

Robert TURNER (1913-2005)
Glazed and sanded dome-shaped vessel, 1976
Deep red glazed earthenware
10 x 8.5 inches
Inv# 7151

Robert TURNER (1913-2005)
Glazed and sanded dome-shaped vessel, 1976
Deep red glazed earthenware
10 x 8.5 inches
Inv# 7151

Robert TURNER (1913-2005)
Glazed and sanded dome-shaped vessel, 1976
Deep red glazed earthenware
10 x 8.5 inches
Inv# 7151

Wouter DAM (b. 1957)
Dark brown carved sculpture, 2006
Ceramic
10 1/4 x 13 x 6 inches
Inv# 7128

Wouter DAM (b. 1957)
Dark brown carved sculpture, 2006
Ceramic
10 1/4 x 13 x 6 inches
Inv# 7128

Wouter DAM (b. 1957)
Dark brown carved sculpture, 2006
Ceramic
10 1/4 x 13 x 6 inches
Inv# 7128

Wouter DAM (b. 1957)
Dark brown carved sculpture, 2006
Ceramic
10 1/4 x 13 x 6 inches
Inv# 7128

Wouter DAM (b. 1957)
Green carved sculpture, 2005
Ceramic
12 x 15 x 12 inches
Inv# 7129
$ 3,750

Wouter DAM (b. 1957)
Green carved sculpture, 2005
Ceramic
12 x 15 x 12 inches
Inv# 7129
$ 3,750

Wouter DAM (b. 1957)
Green carved sculpture, 2005
Ceramic
12 x 15 x 12 inches
Inv# 7129
$ 3,750

Wouter DAM (b. 1957)
Green carved sculpture, 2005
Ceramic
12 x 15 x 12 inches
Inv# 7129
$ 3,750

Wouter DAM (b. 1957)
Green carved sculpture, 2005
Ceramic
12 x 15 x 12 inches
Inv# 7129
$ 3,750

IKURA Takashi (b. 1962)
Carved porcelain sculpture, 2010
Unglazed porcelain
Inv# 6595

IKURA Takashi (b. 1962)
Carved porcelain sculpture, 2010
Unglazed porcelain
Inv# 6595

IKURA Takashi (b. 1962)
Carved porcelain sculpture, 2010
Unglazed porcelain
Inv# 6595

IKURA Takashi (b. 1962)
Carved porcelain sculpture, 2010
Unglazed porcelain
Inv# 6595

Warren MAC KENZIE (b. 1924)
Early large lidded jar with faceted sides, ca. 1970
Stoneware with feldspathic white glaze
9 x 5 inches
Inv# 7139

Warren MAC KENZIE (b. 1924)
Early large lidded jar with faceted sides, ca. 1970
Stoneware with feldspathic white glaze
9 x 5 inches
Inv# 7139

Warren MAC KENZIE (b. 1924)
Early large lidded jar with faceted sides, ca. 1970
Stoneware with feldspathic white glaze
9 x 5 inches
Inv# 7139

HAMADA Shoji (1894-1978)
Ash-glazed flower vase with vertical bands, ca. 1965
Glazed stoneware
11 5/8 × 6 3/8 inches
Inv# 6765

Warren MAC KENZIE (b. 1924)
Lidded box with faceted sides, ca. 1980
Stoneware with feldspathic white glaze
6 x 6 inches
Inv# 7140

Warren MAC KENZIE (b. 1924)
Lidded box with faceted sides, ca. 1980
Stoneware with feldspathic white glaze
6 x 6 inches
Inv# 7140

Warren MAC KENZIE (b. 1924)
Lidded box with faceted sides, ca. 1980
Stoneware with feldspathic white glaze
6 x 6 inches
Inv# 7140

Warren MAC KENZIE (b. 1924)
Lidded box with faceted sides, ca. 1980
Stoneware with feldspathic white glaze
6 x 6 inches
Inv# 7140

YOSHIMURA Toshimi (b. 1949)
Cloth-impressed covered box, 2000
Slip-glazed stoneware
5 3/8 x 6 1/4 inches
Inv# 2JM01666

Don REITZ (b. 1929)
Wood-fired tea bowl, ca. 1989
Oribe glazed stoneware
4 x 4 1/2 inches
Inv# 7144

Don REITZ (b. 1929)
Wood-fired tea bowl, ca. 1989
Oribe glazed stoneware
4 x 4 1/2 inches
Inv# 7144

Don REITZ (b. 1929)
Wood-fired tea bowl, ca. 1989
Oribe glazed stoneware
4 x 4 1/2 inches
Inv# 7144

Don REITZ (b. 1929)
Wood-fired tea bowl, ca. 1989
Oribe glazed stoneware
4 x 4 1/2 inches
Inv# 7144

KATO Yasukage (b. 1964)
Faceted sake cup, 2011
Stoneware with oribe glaze
2 3/8 x 2 5/8 inches
Inv# 6985

Tim ROWAN (b. 1967)
Wood-fired geometric lidded box, 2004
Stoneware
9 x 8 x 7 1/2 inches
Inv# 7146

Tim ROWAN (b. 1967)
Wood-fired geometric lidded box, 2004
Stoneware
9 x 8 x 7 1/2 inches
Inv# 7146

Tim ROWAN (b. 1967)
Wood-fired geometric lidded box, 2004
Stoneware
9 x 8 x 7 1/2 inches
Inv# 7146

Tim ROWAN (b. 1967)
Wood-fired geometric lidded box, 2004
Stoneware
9 x 8 x 7 1/2 inches
Inv# 7146

KAKUREZAKI Ryûichi (b. 1950)
Three-footed flower vessel with torn mouth, ca. 1997
Stoneware
8 1/2 x 6 x 14 1/2 inches
Inv# 5300

KAKUREZAKI Ryûichi (b. 1950)
Three-footed flower vessel with torn mouth, ca. 1997
Stoneware
8 1/2 x 6 x 14 1/2 inches
Inv# 5300

Kurt WEISER (b. 1950)
Untitled vessel with abstract motifs in turquoise, brown and red, 1984
Glazed slipcast porcelain
16 x 11 inches
Inv# 7153

Kurt WEISER (b. 1950)
Untitled vessel with abstract motifs in turquoise, brown and red, 1984
Glazed slipcast porcelain
16 x 11 inches
Inv# 7153

Kurt WEISER (b. 1950)
Untitled vessel with abstract motifs in turquoise, brown and red, 1984
Glazed slipcast porcelain
16 x 11 inches
Inv# 7153

Kurt WEISER (b. 1950)
Untitled vessel with abstract motifs in turquoise, brown and red, 1984
Glazed slipcast porcelain
16 x 11 inches
Inv# 7153

MIYASHITA Zenji (b. 1939)
Trapezoidal flower vase with diagonal bands, 1997
Stoneware with colored clay overlays
13 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches
Inv# 5076

MIYASHITA Zenji (b. 1939)
Trapezoidal flower vase with diagonal bands, 1997
Stoneware with colored clay overlays
13 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches
Inv# 5076

MIYASHITA Zenji (b. 1939)
Trapezoidal flower vase with diagonal bands, 1997
Stoneware with colored clay overlays
13 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches
Inv# 5076

MIYASHITA Zenji (b. 1939)
Trapezoidal flower vase with diagonal bands, 1997
Stoneware with colored clay overlays
13 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches
Inv# 5076

MIYASHITA Zenji (b. 1939)
Trapezoidal flower vase with diagonal bands, 1997
Stoneware with colored clay overlays
13 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches
Inv# 5076

MIYASHITA Zenji (b. 1939)
Trapezoidal flower vase with diagonal bands, 1997
Stoneware with colored clay overlays
13 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches
Inv# 5076

Joanna CONSTANTINIDIS (1927-2000)
Early large conical vessel with carved decoration, ca. 1968
Stoneware with matte glaze
13.25 x 10 inches
Inv# 7126

Joanna CONSTANTINIDIS (1927-2000)
Early large conical vessel with carved decoration, ca. 1968
Stoneware with matte glaze
13.25 x 10 inches
Inv# 7126

Joanna CONSTANTINIDIS (1927-2000)
Early large conical vessel with carved decoration, ca. 1968
Stoneware with matte glaze
13.25 x 10 inches
Inv# 7126

Joanna CONSTANTINIDIS (1927-2000)
Early large conical vessel with carved decoration, ca. 1968
Stoneware with matte glaze
13.25 x 10 inches
Inv# 7126

Joanna CONSTANTINIDIS (1927-2000)
Early large conical vessel with carved decoration, ca. 1968
Stoneware with matte glaze
13.25 x 10 inches
Inv# 7126

John GLICK (b. 1938)
Shino-glazed lidded box with wooden handle, 1991
Reduction fired stoneware
3 1/8 x 4 1/2 x 12 3/4 inches
Inv# 7131
SOLD

John GLICK (b. 1938)
Shino-glazed lidded box with wooden handle, 1991
Reduction fired stoneware
3 1/8 x 4 1/2 x 12 3/4 inches
Inv# 7131
SOLD

John GLICK (b. 1938)
Shino-glazed lidded box with wooden handle, 1991
Reduction fired stoneware
3 1/8 x 4 1/2 x 12 3/4 inches
Inv# 7131
SOLD

Alev SIESBYE (b. 1938)
Stoneware bowl with striped decoration
ca. 1980
Stoneware
4 x 6 inches
Inv# 7438

Alev SIESBYE (b. 1938)
Stoneware bowl with striped decoration
ca. 1980
Stoneware
4 x 6 inches
Inv# 7438

Alev SIESBYE (b. 1938)
Stoneware bowl with striped decoration
ca. 1980
Stoneware
4 x 6 inches
Inv# 7438

MIWA Kazuhiko (b. 1951)
White rectangular box with gold glaze, 2007
Glazed stoneware
3 1/2 x 7 7/8 x 4 1/4 inches
Inv# 5305

MIWA Kazuhiko (b. 1951)
White rectangular box with gold glaze, 2007
Glazed stoneware
3 1/2 x 7 7/8 x 4 1/4 inches
Inv# 5305

Howard KOTTLER (1938-1989)
Gold and silver lustre glaze, ca. 1960
Stoneware
11 x 7 inches

Howard KOTTLER (1938-1989)
Gold and silver lustre glaze, ca. 1960
Stoneware
11 x 7 inches

Howard KOTTLER (1938-1989)
Gold and silver lustre glaze, ca. 1960
Stoneware
11 x 7 inches

Bruno La VERDIER (b. 1937)
Vase with multicolored glazes, ca. 1980
Earthenware
8 x 5 inches
Inv# 7135

Bruno La VERDIER (b. 1937)
Vase with multicolored glazes, ca. 1980
Earthenware
8 x 5 inches
Inv# 7135

Bruno La VERDIER (b. 1937)
Vase with multicolored glazes, ca. 1980
Earthenware
8 x 5 inches
Inv# 7135

Bruno La VERDIER (b. 1937)
Vase with multicolored glazes, ca. 1980
Earthenware
8 x 5 inches
Inv# 7135

Martin SMITH (b. 1950)
Press molded and cut bowl with inlaid matte-blue geometric motif, 1987
Earthenware
8 x 12 inches
Inv# 7149

Martin SMITH (b. 1950)
Press molded and cut bowl with inlaid matte-blue geometric motif, 1987
Earthenware
8 x 12 inches
Inv# 7149

Martin SMITH (b. 1950)
Press molded and cut bowl with inlaid matte-blue geometric motif, 1987
Earthenware
8 x 12 inches
Inv# 7149

OGAWA Machiko (b. 1946)
Glazed slab with rectangular shard, 2004
Stoneware and glass glaze
4 3/4 x 20 1/2 x 20 3/4 inches
Inv# 5196

Bernard LEACH (1887-1979)
Temmoku-glazed vessel with finger-swipe pagoda-like front, ca. 1945
Stoneware
8 x 3 inches
Inv# 7136

Bernard LEACH (1887-1979)
Temmoku-glazed vessel with finger-swipe pagoda-like front, ca. 1945
Stoneware
8 x 3 inches
Inv# 7136

Bernard LEACH (1887-1979)
Temmoku-glazed vessel with finger-swipe pagoda-like front, ca. 1945
Stoneware
8 x 3 inches
Inv# 7136

Bernard LEACH (1887-1979)
Temmoku-glazed vessel with finger-swipe pagoda-like front, ca. 1945
Stoneware
8 x 3 inches
Inv# 7136

Bernard LEACH (1887-1979)
Temmoku-glazed vessel with finger-swipe pagoda-like front, ca. 1945
Stoneware
8 x 3 inches
Inv# 7136

KAWAI Kanjirô (1890-1960)
Small broad-shouldered flattened vessel with raised neck and slip-trailing decoration, 1950
Copper-red shinsha-glazed stoneware
6 3/4 x 5 inches
Inv# 6824

KAWAI Kanjirô (1890-1960)
Small broad-shouldered flattened vessel with raised neck and slip-trailing decoration, 1950
Copper-red shinsha-glazed stoneware
6 3/4 x 5 inches
Inv# 6824

Warren MAC KENZIE (b. 1924)
Large platter with finger-comb pattern, ca. 1980
Stoneware with shino-type glaze
18 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches
Inv# 7138

Warren MAC KENZIE (b. 1924)
Large platter with finger-comb pattern, ca. 1980
Stoneware with shino-type glaze
18 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches
Inv# 7138

Warren MAC KENZIE (b. 1924)
Large platter with finger-comb pattern, ca. 1980
Stoneware with shino-type glaze
18 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches
Inv# 7138

HAMADA Shôji (1894-1978)
Square stoneware plate with black and nuka glazes on a persimmon-glazed, ground, ca. 1947
Stoneware with black and nuka glazes on persimmon-glaze ground
2 3/8 x 10 3/4 inches
Inv# 6558

HAMADA Shôji (1894-1978)
Square stoneware plate with black and nuka glazes on a persimmon-glazed, ground, ca. 1947
Stoneware with black and nuka glazes on persimmon-glaze ground
2 3/8 x 10 3/4 inches
Inv# 6558

Leza McVEY (1907-1984)
Bottle with stopper #8.03, 1968
Stoneware
19 x 6 inches
Inv# 7142

Leza McVEY (1907-1984)
Bottle with stopper #8.03, 1968
Stoneware
19 x 6 inches
Inv# 7142

Leza McVEY (1907-1984)
Bottle with stopper #8.03, 1968
Stoneware
19 x 6 inches
Inv# 7142

HAYASHI Mamiko (b. 1959)
Hand-formed rectangular vase with silver checkered pattern, 2000
Stoneware with silver glaze
7 1/2 x 7 1/2 x 4 1/8 inches
Inv# M23198

Don REITZ (b. 1929)
Salt-glazed tea bowl, ca. 1989
Stoneware
4 x 4 1/4 inches
Inv# 7143

Don REITZ (b. 1929)
Salt-glazed tea bowl, ca. 1989
Stoneware
4 x 4 1/4 inches
Inv# 7143

Don REITZ (b. 1929)
Salt-glazed tea bowl, ca. 1989
Stoneware
4 x 4 1/4 inches
Inv# 7143

Don REITZ (b. 1929)
Salt-glazed tea bowl, ca. 1989
Stoneware
4 x 4 1/4 inches
Inv# 7143

HAMADA Shôji (1894-1978)
Salt-glazed tea bowl with combed design, ca. 1960
Stoneware with salt-glaze
3 1/2 x 4 7/16 inches
Inv# 6092

Lucie RIE (1902-1995)
Conical footed porcelain bowl with manganese and terra cotta glazes, ca. 1970
Porcelain
2 x 5 3/4 inches
Inv# 7145

KAMADA Koji (b. 1948)
Teabowl with purple temmoku glaze, 2010
Temmoku-glazed stoneware
2 7/8 x 5 1/8 inches
Inv# 6946

KAMADA Koji (b. 1948)
Teabowl with purple temmoku glaze, 2010
Temmoku-glazed stoneware
2 7/8 x 5 1/8 inches
Inv# 6946

KAMADA Koji (b. 1948)
Teabowl with purple temmoku glaze, 2010
Temmoku-glazed stoneware
2 7/8 x 5 1/8 inches
Inv# 6946

KAMADA Koji (b. 1948)
Teabowl with purple temmoku glaze, 2010
Temmoku-glazed stoneware
2 7/8 x 5 1/8 inches
Inv# 6946

Jeff SHAPIRO (b. 1949)
Tea bowl
Stoneware with ash glazes
3 1/2 x 4 1/4
Inv# 7148

Jeff SHAPIRO (b. 1949)
Tea bowl
Stoneware with ash glazes
3 1/2 x 4 1/4
Inv# 7148

Jeff SHAPIRO (b. 1949)
Tokkuri
Ash glazed stoneware
7 1/4 x 3 inches
Inv# 7397

Jeff SHAPIRO (b. 1949)
Guinomi
Ash-glazed stoneware
2 x 2 1/8 inches
Inv# 7398

KAKUREZAKI Ryûichi (b. 1950)
Three footed brown bizen sake cup, 2010
Stoneware with natural ash glaze
3 3/8 x 2 1/4 x 2 inches
Inv# 6699

KAKUREZAKI Ryûichi (b. 1950)
Three footed brown bizen sake cup, 2010
Stoneware with natural ash glaze
3 3/8 x 2 1/4 x 2 inches
Inv# 6699

KAKUREZAKI Ryûichi (b. 1950)
Three footed brown bizen sake cup, 2010
Stoneware with natural ash glaze
3 3/8 x 2 1/4 x 2 inches
Inv# 6699

KAKUREZAKI Ryûichi (b. 1950)
Three footed brown bizen sake cup, 2010
Stoneware with natural ash glaze
3 3/8 x 2 1/4 x 2 inches
Inv# 6699

KAKUREZAKI Ryûichi (b. 1950)
Vertical undulating sculpture with an arched back and curled foot with blackish natural ash glaze, 2010
Bizen stoneware with natural ash glaze
17 3/4 x 7 1/8 x 4 3/4 inches; Inv# 6997

KAKUREZAKI Ryûichi (b. 1950)
Vertical undulating sculpture with an arched back and curled foot with blackish natural ash glaze, 2010
Bizen stoneware with natural ash glaze
17 3/4 x 7 1/8 x 4 3/4 inches; Inv# 6997

Paul Soldner (1921-2011)
Raku vessel
ca. 1975
Earthenware
12 1/2 x 13 inches
Inv# 7437

Paul Soldner (1921-2011)
Raku vessel
ca. 1975
Earthenware
12 1/2 x 13 inches
Inv# 7437

Paul Soldner (1921-2011)
Raku vessel
ca. 1975
Earthenware
12 1/2 x 13 inches
Inv# 7437

Paul Soldner (1921-2011)
Raku vessel
ca. 1975
Earthenware
12 1/2 x 13 inches
Inv# 7437

SUZUKI Goro (b. 1941)
Narumioribe water jar, 1999
Glazed stoneware
8 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches
Inv# 7049

Press Release

For the first time since Joan B. Mirviss LTD began representing Japanese ceramics in the mid '80s, Western artists will be presented together with their Japanese counterparts in this intimate exhibit entitled Conversations in Clay – West Meets East: A Collector's Perspective. The show, curated by Steven Korff in collaboration with Joan Mirviss, finds its inspiration in Korff's integrated collection of ceramic art that includes important artists from both backgrounds, from Hamada Shôji to Hans Coper, Carlo Zauli to Akiyama Yô.

Korff's interest in ceramic art started when as a young man, he began acquiring the work of Western ceramist, particularly those in the abstract expressionist tradition. As his exposure to ceramic art expanded, he became intrigued by the simplicity, duality and spirit of Japanese ceramics. The work of Kamoda Shôji in particular drew his eye more than a decade ago, and it was this interest that led him to Joan B. Mirviss and her expertise in Japanese modern and contemporary ceramic art. Brought together by their mutual passion for the clay medium, Korff and Mirviss combine their extensive understanding of ceramic art in the West and the East to present this unique perspective on the relationship between the two traditions. The Western examples come entirely from Mr. Korff's collection, the Japanese works are from Joan B. Mirviss LTD and all are available for purchase.

Setting it apart from other exhibitions with this theme, Conversations in Clay will explore the connections by pairing Western and Japanese modern and contemporary ceramic artists, creating visual dialogues. In this exhibit, Korff teams more than forty ceramists based on his curatorial eye and personal aesthetic. Comparing white-glazed work by Carlo Zauli with those sculptures covered in the celadon blue by Fukami Sueharu points to Zauli's influence on Fukami, with the forms appearing as brothers from distant worlds. Hans Coper's form and simplicity match the Zen-like purity of Mihara Ken in the pairing of a large early Coper vase from 1952 and a recent Mihara sculpture. Peter Voulkos's large gas-fired plate from 1975 evokes a sundered tree relating to current work by Ogawa Machiko. The other pairings similarly reveal the commonalities between aesthetic expressions of modern Western and Eastern ceramic art.

Many of the Western artists studied in Japan, and others make use of Japanese techniques or glazing. All of the artists represented in the exhibit have achieved worldwide renown, with pieces in major museums as well as important public and private collections.

Ralph BACERRA (1938-2008)
Joanna CONSTANTINIDIS (1927-2000)
Hans COPER (1920-1981)
Wouter DAM (b. 1957)
Ruth DUCKWORTH (1919-2009)
John GLICK (b. 1938)
Chris GUSTIN (b. 1952)
Ka Kwong HUI (1922-2003)
Howard KOTTLER (1938-1989)
Bruno LAVERDIERE (b. 1937)
Bernard LEACH (1887-1979)
Andrew LORD (b. 1950)
Warren MACKENZIE (b. 1924)
Leza MCVEY (1907-1984)
Don REITZ (b. 1929)
Lucie RIE (1902-1995)
Tim ROWAN (b. 1967)
Adrian SAXE (b. 1943)
Jeff SHAPIRO (b. 1949)
Martin SMITH (b. 1950)
Paul SOLDNER (1921-2011)
Robert TURNER (1913-2005)
Peter VOULKOS (1924-2002)
Kurt WEISER (b. 1950)
Carlo ZAULI (1926-2002)

AKIYAMA Yô (b. 1953)
FUKAMI Sueharu (b. 1947)
HAMADA Shôji (1894-1978)
HAMANAKA Gesson (b. 1953)
HAYASHI Mamiko (b. 1959)
IKURA Takashi (b. 1962)
KAMADA Kôji (b. 1948)
KATÔ Yasukage (b. 1964)
KATSUMATA Chieko (b. 1950)
KAKUREZAKI Ryuichi (b. 1950)
KAWAI Kanjirô (1890-1960)
KISHI Eiko (b. 1948)
KITAÔJI Rosanjin (1883-1959)
KURIKI Tatsusuke (b. 1943)
MIHARA Ken (b. 1958)
MIYASHITA Zenji (b. 1939)
MORINO Taimei Hiroaki (b. 1934)
OGAWA Machiko (b. 1946)
SUZUKI Gorô (b. 1941)
SUZUKI Osamu (1926-2001)
WADA Morihiro (1944-2008)
YAGI Kazuo (1918-1979)
YOSHIMURA Toshimi (b. 1949)