Katsumata Chieko

Nature Transformed

June 9 – July 31, 2015

Sculpture in the form of a pumpkin with matte glazes in red and black
2015
Stoneware with colored slip glazes
11 1/2 x 11 1/2 x 13 inches
Inv# 9138
SOLD

Sculpture in the form of a pumpkin with matte glazes in pink, white and black
2014
Stoneware with colored slip glazes
17 3/4 x 17 3/4 x 18 7/8 in.
Inv# 9092
SOLD

White sculpture in the form of a coral
2015
Glazed chamotte-encrusted stoneware
16 1/8 x 13 3/4 x 13 in.
Inv# 9131

Sculpture in the form of a pumpkin with matte glazes in white
2014
Stoneware with colored slip glaze
12 x 12 x 13 1/2 inches
Inv# 9093
SOLD

White sculpture in the form of a coral
2014
Glazed chamotte-encrusted stoneware
10 5/8 x 11 1/2 x 12 5/8 in.
Inv# 9130
SOLD

Press Release

Joan B Mirviss LTD is thrilled to present the first US solo exhibition of the artist Katsumata Chieko (b. 1950), who the gallery has represented for more than a decade. This important exhibition will present a highly curated selection of Katsumata’s recent works that evoke a dialogue between form and material. Though the elegant curving lines and rounded lobes of her vessels suggest organic forms – coral, shellfish, and particularly pumpkins – with vibrant, gritty surfaces of multiple layers of color and texture. The artist also seeks to create contrast between these vibrant surfaces and the darkened, mysterious cavities within, playing with what the renowned museum director and scholar Kaneko Kenji has termed “the tension between appealing and frightening, likable and abhorrent.” Through her creative process process, Katsumata has succeeded in creating masterful “craft-like” sculptures (kōgei-teki-zōkei) that reveal the very essence of her strength and passion.

Katsumata Chieko- Nature Transformed

These natural, biomorphic forms represent the focus of the past 20 years of her work, moving away from functionally driven works, and toward expressive form.

“For me, clay is the ideal material as I search for a means of expression, stepping outside formal functionality to represent physical space and emptiness. It is the manipulation of clay that allows my soul to enter the material, thus also serving as a sensory experience.” (Katsumata Chieko)

Though her earliest training in ceramics came in France via an apprenticeship with the American potter Fance Franck (1931-2008), Katsumata lives and works in both Paris and Kyoto, where she established her first studio in 1978. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of major museums on three continents and has been featured in numerous group exhibitions at museums throughout the world. Highlights of the past decade in western art
museums include major shows at the MFA Boston (2005 and 2008), Musée national de cèramique de Sèvres (2006, 2008, and 2010), Smith College Museum of Art (2009), Asian Art Museum, San Francisco (2014-2015) and San Antonio Museum of Art (2015).

A frequent lecturer at universities and ceramics festivals in Japan and Europe, Katsumata is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics and the Japan Society of Oriental Ceramic Studies.

Joan B. Mirviss is the leading western dealer in the field of modern and contemporary Japanese ceramics, and from her NY gallery on Madison Ave., Joan B. Mirviss LTD exclusively represents the top Japanese clay artists. As a widely published and highly respected specialist in her field for over thirty-five years, Mirviss has advised and built collections for many museums, major private collectors, and corporations.

For more information or to request high-resolution images, please contact Joan at 212-799-4021 or by email joan@mirviss.com