Ogawa Machiko

Lunar Fragments

November 13 – December 19, 2014

Torn, pointed oval-shaped vessel fragment with pooling of blue-green, translucent crackled glass, 2014
Unglazed multi-fired porcelain with glass
5 1/8 x 16 3/4 x 12 5/8 in.
Inv# 8670

Rock-shaped sculpture with upturned ends in unglazed porcelain and adhered translucent crystalized glass, 2014
Multi-fired unglazed porcelain with glass
7 x 13 3/8 x 10 in.
Inv# 8656

Horizontal, rock-shaped sculpture with applied translucent crystalized glass, 2014
7 7/8 x 14 3/4 x 11 5/8 inches
Inv# 8660

Layered, rounded vessel with pooling blue-green crackled glass in center and torn sectional edges, 2014
Unglazed multi-fired porcelain with glass
5 1/2 x 18 1/2 x 15 3/8 in.
Inv# 8671

Round teabowl with unctuous white glaze over feldspar-infused crackled clay body, 2014
Glazed stoneware
4 x 6 x 5 3/8 in.
Inv# 8664

Round platter with scattered clear glass droplets and pinched rough rim, 2014
Unglazed porcelain mixed with feldspar and silica and glass droplets
4 1/3 x 20 1/2 x 20 1/4 in.
Inv# 8663

Torn, triangular sculpture with pooling while translucent crackled glass, 2014
Unglazed multi-fired porcelain with glass
7 7/8 x 22 3/8 x 14 1/8 in.
Inv# 8673

Round teabowl with unctuous greenish-blue ash glaze over cracked clay feldspar-infused body, 2014
Glazed stoneware
3 3/4 x 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 in.
Inv# 8668

Torn, triangular sculpture with pooled and poured white translucent crackled glass 2014,
Unglazed multi-fired porcelain with glass
6 3/4 x 19 3/4 x 13 3/4 in.
Inv# 8674

Press Release

Ogawa Machiko returns to Joan B Mirviss, LTD for her second solo exhibition, "Lunar Fragments". She presents a new body of work featuring boulder-like sculptures of unglazed porcelain with translucent, crystallized formed glass. The artist draws her inspiration for these elemental, yet strikingly modern pieces from a life-long interest in rocks and minerals. In another series, her forms suggest deconstructed and broken vessel fragments and contain interior pools of clear blue glass. Renown for her technical skill, she blends feldspar, silica, and glass with porcelain and stoneware in her sculptural works. Her teabowls likewise demonstrate her acumen with materials with their bold, unctuous and varied glazes poured over rough, powerful stoneware forms.

A pioneer since the beginning of her artistic career, Ogawa was the first woman admitted to the prestigious ceramic department at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts & Music and is one of only six women to be awarded the Japanese Ceramic Society Prize since its inception is 1954. A testament to her critical success, Ogawa has already been the focus of two major Japanese museum career retrospectives: Today’s Artists VIII: Ogawa Machiko Li2O・NaO・Cao・Al2O3・SiO2 Breathing Bubbles, in 2002 at Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama and Umaretate no utsuwa (Archetypical Vessels), in 2011 at Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi. Lunar Fragments will first be shown at Salon: Art + Design (November 13-17) and thereafter at Joan B. Mirviss LTD (November 24- December 19)

Park Avenue Armory (at 66th Street) New York, NY
Joan B Mirviss Ltd. November 24 – December 19