The World Between Two Hands

The Teabowls of Ajiki Hiro

May 3 – June 28, 2013

Click the photo for further images of the installation of the Ajiki Hiro show.
All featured washi paper works by Hiro Odaira.

Click the photo for further images of the installation of the Ajiki Hiro show.
All featured washi paper works by Hiro Odaira.

Click the photo for further images of the installation of the Ajiki Hiro show.
All featured washi paper works by Hiro Odaira.

Click the photo for further images of the installation of the Ajiki Hiro show.
All featured washi paper works by Hiro Odaira.

Click the photo for further images of the installation of the Ajiki Hiro show.
All featured washi paper works by Hiro Odaira.

Click the photo for further images of the installation of the Ajiki Hiro show.
All featured washi paper works by Hiro Odaira.

To highlight the objects of the tea ceremony, Ajiki Hiro painted accompanying screens to serve as beautiful backdrops.

Washi paper works by Hiro Odaira, of Precious Pieces, create dividers and wall accents for the gallery.

Brown, blue and green-glazed straight-sided teabowl, titled Uminari (Rumbling of the Sea), 2011
Glazed stoneware
4 x 4 1/2 in.
Inv# 8018

Brown, blue and green-glazed straight-sided teabowl, titled Uminari (Rumbling of the Sea), 2011
Glazed stoneware
4 x 4 1/2 in.
Inv# 8018

Brown, blue and green-glazed straight-sided teabowl, titled Uminari (Rumbling of the Sea), 2011
Glazed stoneware
4 x 4 1/2 in.
Inv# 8018

Brown, blue and green-glazed straight-sided teabowl, titled Uminari (Rumbling of the Sea), 2011
Glazed stoneware
4 x 4 1/2 in.
Inv# 8018

Brown, blue and green-glazed straight-sided teabowl, titled Uminari (Rumbling of the Sea), 2011
Glazed stoneware
4 x 4 1/2 in.
Inv# 8018

Brown, blue and green-glazed straight-sided teabowl, titled Uminari (Rumbling of the Sea), 2011
Glazed stoneware
4 x 4 1/2 in.
Inv# 8018

Golden brown salt-glazed teabowl with a hint of blue glaze, titled Haru no taki (Spring Waterfall), 2011
Glazed stoneware
4 x 4 1/8 in.
Inv# 7992

Golden brown salt-glazed teabowl with a hint of blue glaze, titled Haru no taki (Spring Waterfall), 2011
Glazed stoneware
4 x 4 1/8 in.
Inv# 7992

Golden brown salt-glazed teabowl with a hint of blue glaze, titled Haru no taki (Spring Waterfall), 2011
Glazed stoneware
4 x 4 1/8 in.
Inv# 7992

Golden brown salt-glazed teabowl with a hint of blue glaze, titled Haru no taki (Spring Waterfall), 2011
Glazed stoneware
4 x 4 1/8 in.
Inv# 7992

Golden brown salt-glazed teabowl with a hint of blue glaze, titled Haru no taki (Spring Waterfall), 2011
Glazed stoneware
4 x 4 1/8 in.
Inv# 7992

Golden brown salt-glazed teabowl with a hint of blue glaze, titled Haru no taki (Spring Waterfall), 2011
Glazed stoneware
4 x 4 1/8 in.
Inv# 7992

Golden brown salt-glazed rounded teabowl, titled Samidare (Early Summer Rain), 2012
Glazed stoneware
4 x 4 1/2 in.
Inv# 7984

Golden brown salt-glazed rounded teabowl, titled Samidare (Early Summer Rain), 2012
Glazed stoneware
4 x 4 1/2 in.
Inv# 7984

Golden brown salt-glazed rounded teabowl, titled Samidare (Early Summer Rain), 2012
Glazed stoneware
4 x 4 1/2 in.
Inv# 7984

Golden brown salt-glazed rounded teabowl, titled Samidare (Early Summer Rain), 2012
Glazed stoneware
4 x 4 1/2 in.
Inv# 7984

Golden brown salt-glazed rounded teabowl, titled Samidare (Early Summer Rain), 2012
Glazed stoneware
4 x 4 1/2 in.
Inv# 7984

Light brown, blue, olive green and gold-glazed faceted checkerboard basara tea caddy, 2012
Glazed stoneware and wood
3 1/4 x 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 in.
Inv# 7963

Light brown, blue, olive green and gold-glazed faceted checkerboard basara tea caddy, 2012
Glazed stoneware and wood
3 1/4 x 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 in.
Inv# 7963

Light brown, blue, olive green and gold-glazed faceted checkerboard basara tea caddy, 2012
Glazed stoneware and wood
3 1/4 x 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 in.
Inv# 7963

Light brown, blue, olive green and gold-glazed faceted checkerboard basara tea caddy, 2012
Glazed stoneware and wood
3 1/4 x 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 in.
Inv# 7963

Light brown, blue, olive green and gold-glazed faceted checkerboard basara tea caddy, 2012
Glazed stoneware and wood
3 1/4 x 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 in.
Inv# 7963

Black and dark brown-glazed faceted checkerboard basara tea caddy, 2012
Glazed stoneware and lacquered wood
3 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 in.
Inv# 7962

Black and dark brown-glazed faceted checkerboard basara tea caddy, 2012
Glazed stoneware and lacquered wood
3 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 in.
Inv# 7962

Black and dark brown-glazed faceted checkerboard basara tea caddy, 2012
Glazed stoneware and lacquered wood
3 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 in.
Inv# 7962

Black and dark brown-glazed faceted checkerboard basara tea caddy, 2012
Glazed stoneware and lacquered wood
3 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 in.
Inv# 7962

Black and dark brown-glazed faceted checkerboard basara tea caddy, 2012
Glazed stoneware and lacquered wood
3 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 in.
Inv# 7962

Black and white glazed checkerboard basara teabowl, 2013
Glazed stoneware
4 x 5 in.
Inv# 8059

Black and white glazed checkerboard basara teabowl, 2013
Glazed stoneware
4 x 5 in.
Inv# 8059

Black and white glazed checkerboard basara teabowl, 2013
Glazed stoneware
4 x 5 in.
Inv# 8059

Black and white glazed checkerboard basara teabowl, 2013
Glazed stoneware
4 x 5 in.
Inv# 8059

Black and white glazed checkerboard basara teabowl, 2013
Glazed stoneware
4 x 5 in.
Inv# 8059

Click the image for further photos of the tea ceremonies hosted by Ajiki Hiro to accompany the gallery show. The tea preparation is by Nagase Yasuko and Ajiki Tatsue.
All hanging washi paper installations by Hiro Odaira.

Click the image for further photos of the tea ceremonies hosted by Ajiki Hiro to accompany the gallery show. The tea preparation is by Nagase Yasuko and Ajiki Tatsue.
All hanging washi paper installations by Hiro Odaira.

Click the image for further photos of the tea ceremonies hosted by Ajiki Hiro to accompany the gallery show. The tea preparation is by Nagase Yasuko and Ajiki Tatsue.
All hanging washi paper installations by Hiro Odaira.

Click the image for further photos of the tea ceremonies hosted by Ajiki Hiro to accompany the gallery show. The tea preparation is by Nagase Yasuko and Ajiki Tatsue.
All hanging washi paper installations by Hiro Odaira.

Click the image for further photos of the tea ceremonies hosted by Ajiki Hiro to accompany the gallery show. The tea preparation is by Nagase Yasuko and Ajiki Tatsue.
All hanging washi paper installations by Hiro Odaira.

Click the image for further photos of the tea ceremonies hosted by Ajiki Hiro to accompany the gallery show. The tea preparation is by Nagase Yasuko and Ajiki Tatsue.
All hanging washi paper installations by Hiro Odaira.

We hosted an opening event for the opening of show. Please click the image for more photos of the evening.

We hosted an opening event for the opening of show. Please click the image for more photos of the evening.

We hosted an opening event for the opening of show. Please click the image for more photos of the evening.

We hosted an opening event for the opening of show. Please click the image for more photos of the evening.

We hosted an opening event for the opening of show. Please click the image for more photos of the evening.

We hosted an opening event for the opening of show. Please click the image for more photos of the evening.

Press Release

NEW YORK - Joan B. Mirviss LTD is honored to present an exhibition of over forty works by master teabowl artist Ajiki Hiro (b. 1948). This exhibition is Ajiki’s first solo exhibition in the United States and at Joan B Mirviss LTD.

For the last twenty-five years, Ajiki Hiro has focused exclusively on teabowls with great success. As an artist, he views the tea ceremony as an intimate form of communication and a spiritual experience. The teabowl is functional as well as a work of art: it embodies Ajiki’s energy and personality, and the viewer must select the work that mirrors his own values. “The small space embraced by your palms become a mirror to reflect” on yourself and the world, the teabowl an implement for meditation.

Ajiki’s early education in oil painting has a strong influence on his work, and is evident in his sensitivity to color and design. He is unique in his vast range of shapes and styles, although it is his use of salt-glazes that set him apart. Ajiki’s artistic achievements are exemplified in his basara series, which has received great acclaim; his work is opulent and lavish, yet refined as shown in the richly colored checkerboard patterns on his faceted teabowls.

In 1987, Ajiki won the prestigious Grand Prize at the Modern Tea Forms Exhibition of the Tanabe Museum of Art for a basara teabowl, which was later acquired by Metropolitan Museum of Art. His works can be found in the numerous public and private collections in Japan and internationally.

EXHIBITION
May 3 – June 28, 2013
Monday – Friday 11 – 6 pm
and by appointment


About JOAN B MIRVISS LTD
Joan B. Mirviss is the leading Western dealer in the field of modern and contemporary
Japanese ceramics, and from her gallery on Madison Avenue, 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.

Joan B. Mirviss LTD is located at 39 East 78th Street in New York and is open Monday through Friday 11am-6pm and by appointment.